2023 NEPM Meeting in Portland, OR

Maximilian Dixon (center) receives award.
This year’s Cecil Whaley Award was presented to Maximilian Dixon (center), who is the Hazards and Outreach Program Supervisor at Washington state’s Emergency Management Division. This national leadership award is given to one earthquake program manager annually in recognition of the recipient’s work, dedication, and contributions to the field.

CREW and the Oregon Department of Emergency Management co-hosted the 2023 National Earthquake Program Managers Meeting (NEPM) in Portland in March. This annual event is an opportunity for all state and federal earthquake program managers, their colleagues, supporting organizations, and consortia partners to confer, share concepts and plans, build professional relationships, and learn about new tools, resources, and programs.

The 2023 NEPM meeting kicked off with a special session on building inventories, a critical first step toward seismic mitigation of potentially dangerous structures. The session featured case studies and discussion about best practices as well as challenges of collecting data.

In addition to presentations and discussion sessions within the conference setting, the meeting included a field trip with guest speakers to explore seismic resilience issues within the context of specific settings in the city of Portland, including mitigation of geological hazards at an underground Tri-Met Max station and recently built structures at the Oregon Zoo, as well as discussion of seismic construction and retrofitting of important community buildings including libraries, which can play an important role in both community preparedness and recovery after a disaster.

April is National Financial Capability Month

Insure Against Earthquakes: What's Your recovery plan? Knowing how you'll rebuild your life and home after an earthquake brings peace of mind. Illustration of a person securing and overhead light fixture and of a person seated in front of a laptop computer. Speech bubbles: Know your earthquake risk and possible impacts. Identify and fix home hazards to lesson damage. Make an emergency financial first-aid kit.

What does financial capability have to do with earthquakes? An important part of building and maintaining financial capability is preparing financially for emergencies and disasters. Take advantage of National Financial Capability Month to urge the people in your network to prepare financially for earthquakes by taking actions such as creating an emergency financial first aid kit and asking an insurance agent about earthquake insurance.

Taking steps today to prepare financially for disasters can strengthen and speed recovery afterwards.

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