Earthquakes & Volcanoes

Preparing for Earthquakes

How earthquake-savvy are you?

Will we be ready for the megaquake in Oregon? Check out OPB's Unprepared series
Washington County's October 2015 Quake-Up! (video of presentation on Oregon's Cascadia threat)
Recorded webinar with downloadable presentations: Communicating Cascadia's Earthquake Risk

See how vulnerable your home/office is via the free Temblor website and app.
Play Beat The Quake
Why buy earthquake insurance?
Are you Totally Unprepared? (Videos)
Let OPB show you what a Cascadia Subduction Zone quake would be like where you live
Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC)
Oregon Resilience Plan
      >Five-year Oregon resilience status report

How do you protect yourself during an earthquake? Drop, Cover, and Hold on! (PDF)
What if there's nothing to get under?  Videos and additional details on protecting yourself during an earthquake
Why Drop, Cover, and Hold On is far preferable to "triangle of life" (PDF)

It's the law: conduct an earthquake drill at your workplace
Earthquake drills are the law for all Oregon schools, too
Conduct a Home Hazard Hunt (PDF) and make a few simple changes to keep your home contents from killing you during an earthquake (PDF) (also known as "non-structural mitigation")

Learn how (and whether) to shut off your utilities (PDF)

Additional Earthquake Links


USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
QuakeSmart - Mitigation Works for Business
Earthquakes for Kids
USGS Photo of Volcanic Activity