*NEW* Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety

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FEMA released this week the Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazards Safety. This is a great resource for school administrators, teachers and parents. Not only is it important to be prepared for home, but at schools too! This new guide aims to help schools increase their resilience, and in doing so, the overall community’s resilience, to a variety of natural hazards.

One of the principle authors, John Schelling, is a former board member and past President of CREW. Congratulations John and Team!

NEW School Earthquake Factsheets available!

The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) has recently released new school earthquake factsheets for school administrators, teachers, parents and the public to assist in identifying the mitigation needs of our schools and resources available for them to increase their mitigation.

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CREW School Factsheet – Schools in Washington

CREW School Factsheet – Schools in Oregon

CREW School Factsheet – Preparing Schools for Earthquakes

These worksheets are part of a series of worksheets. Check out the four business worksheets here.

Oregon Public Broadcasting wins Innovation award from WSSPC

The Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) in partnerships with the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC), the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), and the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 National Awards in Excellence.

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The Oregon Public Broadcasting is presented with the award for Innovations for their “Unprepared” year-long radio, television and online campaign.  The series examined the state of Oregon’s preparedness for a Cascadia Earthquake. Congratulations OPB!

WSSPC Awards 2016 Press Release

CREW President to Promote Cascadia Earthquake Safety at the White House

CREW President to Promote Cascadia Earthquake Safety at the White House

EARTHQUAKE WH Summit

CREW Board President Ines Pearce will be participating in the White House Earthquake Resilience Summit on Tuesday February 2nd, 1016 in Washington D.C. Please read the CREW press release related to the event and the ongoing work of CREW to build resilience for a Cascadia Subuduction Zone Event.

Please read the Press Release from CREW on this exciting event.

New publication on vertical-evacuation siting for Cascadia tsunami hazards

Researchers at the USGS, Sacramento State University and the Washington State Military Department recently published an article on how to compare sites for vertical-evacuation refuges to minimize loss of life from tsunamis associated with Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes. The case study of Ocean Shores, Washington, integrates refuge options derived at Project Safe Haven workshops, geospatial pedestrian evacuation modeling, and statistical methods to compare benefits and tradeoffs. The article is available online from the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420914000387. For more information, contact Nathan Wood, Portland, OR, 503-251-3291, nwood@usgs.gov.

February 22 Marks the M6.3 Christchurch Earthquake Anniversary

The earthquake sequence that struck the city of Christchurch and surrounding Canterbury region in 2010-2011 has had unprecedented impacts in all spheres of New Zealand society.  The Canterbury earthquake sequence had many geologically remarkable characteristics, with ramifications for all aspects of life in the region. To commemorate the anniversary of the most devastating, M6.3 Christchurch earthquake of February 22, 2011 CREW highlights some of the key lessons which can be found here.

New Earthquake Mitigation Video “Preparing Portland Schools” Released

PORTLAND, OREGON —Preparing Portland Schools” is a four-minute documentary film about the earthquake safety retrofit of Alameda Elementary School in Northeast Portland written, directed, and produced by three Grant High School students during summer 2013. With a backdrop of retrofit project construction at Alameda and a soundtrack composed and performed by one of the filmmakers, the film explores the risk posed to Portland schools by a major Cascadia earthquake and the steps that can be taken to make historic buildings safer. Critically, it adds a missing piece: a student view of earthquake safety and school modernization. The film includes short interviews with Carmen Merlo, Director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Mike Kubler, President of Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW).  “It’s not that much time.  It’s not that much money. It can be done”, said Mike Kubler.  “We can make the building a safer place.”

The film was made possible with financial support from CREW via a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It was created under the aegis of the Hollywood Theatre Studio at Grant High School, a partnership between the public high school and the not-for-profit Hollywood Theatre, which supplied cameras, editing equipment, and a creative advisor for the project. CREW President Mike Kubler is a local emergency manager and a Portland Public School parent. School safety advocate Ted Wolf served as project advisor and coordinator.

The newly released video can be found on YouTube: Preparing Portland Schools  Other free materials to help Cascadia residents, schools, businesses, and emergency managers become better prepared for future earthquakes are accessible online at CREW..

Filmmakers:

  • Alex Pozarycki – Grant High School (GHS) class of ’13 now a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia
  • Noah Puggarana – senior at GHS
  • Harrison Soltvedt- senior at GHS &
  • Emilie Currin, creative advisor; affiliated with Pacific Northwest College of Art