When I talk to people about hazards in our area, I often get either blank stares or an eyeroll. Unless you were directly impacted, it's easy to forget the nasty stuff that can happen in our corner of the world (Mt. St. Helens, Aldercrest Landslide, Flood of 1996, Columbus Day Storm and all the minor emergencies in between).
Here's a great article from the New York Times on society's lackluster "Disaster Memory" and how we fail to listen to the lessons of our ancestors. The article directly addresses the Pacific NW and the large, dangerous subduction zone that we live on. Check it out here.