With so many articles and websites out there discussing the risks and potential damage from a major earthquake in the Northwest, what do you really need to know? Our list of ten important resources is a good place to start.
A comprehensive guide educating Portland-Metro residents about how to prepare ahead of time, as well as details about the damage and aftermath: what buildings will fall, how we will get around, and what food we will eat. This is a must-read, especially if you live in the City of Portland! Go Now
“Find your Cascadia quake story” with this interactive online tool. Type in your address to discover the expected intensity of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in your neighborhood, a projected timeline for community recovery, and other information for how to prepare based on your precise location. Go Now
A collection of stories highlighted by OPB documenting the “Living Off Your Quake Kit” weekend, tips for disaster planning with disabilities, general earthquake prep, and more. Go Now
What do you need to know as a homeowner? Be sure to learn all of the essential steps to protect your biggest investment—your home. Go Now
Natural gas, water, and electricity can be a source of serious threats to health and well-being in the event of an earthquake. If you do not plan on installing a natural gas automatic emergency shut-off valve, be sure to educate yourself for how to turn utilities off on your own. Go Now
Tips for before, during, and after an earthquake, emergency kit lists, and other information to help you and your family make a plan. Go Now
The Red Cross offers emergency kit lists, facts, tips for before, during, and after a quake, planning ideas, and even an online store that sells pre-made emergency kits, emergency blankets, flashlights, radios etc. Go Now
Find earthquake records and tracking, hazard maps, fact sheets and more all provided in one central location. Go Now
Information about earthquake insurance policies from Oregon.gov. Go Now
Information about earthquake insurance policies from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Go Now
Bonus for Portland Residents:
Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) are all over the city. Members of the community get trained by trained by Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. If you’re interested in getting involved, learn more here!
Also, be sure to check out Enhabit’ seismic resources:
- Homeowners Seismic Guide
- Tips for Making Emergency Preparedness Kits
- “Don’t Panic, Prepare” – Portland Family is Earthquake Ready
*Consult your insurance agent for further information regarding your home’s eligibility for earthquake insurance.