The tragic landslide that happened last March in Oso came as a shock to many people as a wall of mud and debris rocketed across the Stillaguamish River wiping out homes and killing more than 40 people. But the Oso slide pales in comparison to the geologic threats we all face every day in Western Washington.

On this edition of Northwest Now, we take a closer look at the threats we face, plans to prepare for disaster, and some of the policy implications of where we choose to live and work.   “we often don’t take these threats seriously,” said Tim Trohomivich, Director of Planning and Law at Futurewise.org. “We had an appeal recently where there was a proposal to expand a city further into a lahar hazard area of the Puyallup valley, it just made no sense.  The reaction we got was ‘well our whole city is a lahar hazard so what’s the problem?'”

Northwest Now is a weekly public affairs program that airs every Friday Night at 7:30 p.m. right here on KBTC.  Below is a list that shows where you can find us on TV.  You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show by going to our website.  http://www.kbtc.org/page.php?id=369

OFF AIR:

KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle) KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels

CABLE:

Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3

Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28

Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worlview)

SATELLITE:

Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)

DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)

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