[box] We often talk at the Portland Preparedness Center with people who just do not understand how long we will be with out services, most expect the federal government to be there in the next 72 hours, but this is just not the case.
A 9.0+ earthquake could affect the entire subduction zone, as we saw in Japan, this means in a worst case situation quakes happening from Vancouver BC to Brookings OR.
One Mega quake is a super disaster we struggle to get people to understand, now try and imagine 2 or 3 maybe even 4 large quakes very close together possibly affecting the Portland Area and the Seattle Area at the same or very close time. Federal and world aid will be on the way but it will take a great deal of time.
Modern society has not seen a disaster like the potential disaster that is held in the subduction zone. And most have no idea how to prepare. We are grateful that you keep posting articles like this because it does help raise awareness. Now we only need folks to listen, certainly in the more rural areas. Many people assume that bridges will separate the city west to east and cut us off from Vancouver. This is very probable, imagine the runways at PDX damaged and unusable, the port of portland wiped out, rail lines eliminated… How will we get help?
If you live in rural areas and think you will be better off.. Most of our states infrastructure is not capable of surviving a mega quake. Over passes under passes all blocked, even those country roads that have small bridges, creeks, streams, are likely to become impassable. We tell people to prepare for the worst, hope for the best and be ready for anything. Because the kind of damage we can expect is almost unimaginable. What about food, toiletries, gas where will it all come from? Most of it will come from what you can store before a potential emergency happens. But most will not store what they need. This could lead to lawlessness and looting. We need to plan to remain civil, and continue to help each other. The first step in preparing to help your community it to plan to help yourself. When you have what you need to protect yourself and your family you are one step closer to being ready to protect your community. -Joshua Portland Preparedness Center[/box]
on February 08, 2013 at 5:11 PM, updated February 09, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Previews of disasters read like so many movies. Are they really real?
Since the 1980s, Northwest scientists have built a persuasive case that two opposing geologic plates beneath the ocean off Oregon’s coast will fully rupture, unleashing a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami. A report out this week by advisers to the governor says that in such an event hundreds and possibly thousands of Oregonians would die and that the crippling damage to homes and public infrastructure would be so great as to crater the state’s economy by more than $30 billion. The report recommends five decades’ worth of seismic improvements and other public investments, attaching no dollar figure — because who could?
It is unrealistic to think the Legislature will hop-to in the face of even this grave warning. Incremental steps, sure. But big, lasting commitments? Money’s short. Worse, the enormity of the seismic threat is so large as to overwhelm and trigger in many an Oh, well response. Remember the widely circulated reports long before Hurricane Katrina that New Orleans’ levee system would fail? Or that low-lying residential areas off New York and New Jersey would, in an extreme storm such as Sandy, be submerged? Protective actions were meager, late, doomed.
It’s human nature. But that, too, is the subject of study. Estimates of preparedness by citizens for natural disaster run as low as 6 percent nationwide. Federal Emergency Management Administration chief Craig Fugate showed up at a 2012 workshop titled Awareness to Action: Motivating the Public to Prepare, sponsored by FEMA and the American Red Cross, and made plain that folks continue to go unprepared despite all the scary reports.
This throws a weird challenge. We take seriously the findings of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, obtained by The Oregonian’s Richard Read. Most striking among them is a new situation described by Read as infrastructure gridlock: devastation from the coast through the Willamette Valley in which emergency crews are stalled by the absence of electrical power and scarcity of fuels. While fires burn and survivors clamber for food and water, the pain and panic would last longer than ever. The report, Read found, upsets the long-held assumption that 72 hours of preparedness are enough.