CREW continues to bring communities together, including business, government agencies, academia and non profit organizations, to strengthen relationships, increase awareness and enhance collaboration in preparing, responding, recovering and mitigating earthquake and tsunami incidents.

CREW Business Round table Series

CREW’s business roundtable series is part of its mission to increase earthquake preparedness, lower earthquake risk, and improve resilience throughout Cascadia. CREW hosted three regional business roundtables in 2012: one in Oregon, one in Washington, and one in British Columbia. The objectives of the roundtables were to:

  • Further develop interaction between CREW and the business community.
  • Provide a setting in which business people could discuss their concerns and current level of preparedness.
  • Allow CREW to learn from the participants what types of tools and information CREW can supply that would be of greatest use to businesses.

CREW Business Roundtable White Paper 2012

Tsunami-Warning Communications Symposium

A one-day symposium titled “Enhancing Tsunami Warning Along North America’s Northwest Coast: Reaching the Last Mile” was organized and held on June 8, 2010 at the Institute of Ocean Sciences near Sidney, British Columbia. The Symposium was designed to encourage discussion between experts and stakeholders about emergency communication systems, to identify strengths and weaknesses of current systems, and to improve applications of these systems.

A final report is now available – Tsunami Symposium Report. More information can also be found at the project’s website at

Tsunami Evacuation Buildings Forum

On September 28-29, 2009, the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) held the first regional workshop that addressed tsunami vertical evacuation as a new means to protect people and improve community recovery. The two-day workshop included field visits and meetings in Cannon Beach and Seaside, Oregon (September 28), and a workshop in Portland, Oregon (September 29). The event was sponsored by CREW, City of Cannon Beach, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), and the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC).

The workshop was designed to encourage discussion between experts and stakeholders about the need for vertical-evacuation options in areas prone to tsunami inundation from a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.

A final report and workshop presentations are available here

Just-In-Time Inventory:Effects on Earthquake Recovery

How long could your business survive without replenishing inventory? It’s an important question if you’re in earthquake country. This paper uses the Seattle area as a case study of how crucial it is to understand inventory and supply chain practices as part of earthquake preparation.

Download Just-in-Time Inventory: Effects on Earthquake Recovery

Cannon Beach Post-Disaster Recovery Planning Forum Summary Report

CREW, as part of the Partners for Disaster Resistance & Resilience, is one of the leaders in the Long-Term Post-Disaster Recovery Planning effort to better prepare coastal communities in the Cascadia Region for the short-term recovery and long-term reconstruction efforts communities may face as a result of a catastrophic Cascadia Subduction Zone event.

Cannon Beach, Oregon served as a pilot community for a Post-Disaster Recovery Forum designed to (1) gather public input on disaster recovery issues and (2) develop potential recommendations to address those issues. The report summarizes the findings from this forum.

Download Cannon Beach Post Disaster Recovery Study Report.

The Great British Columbia ShareOut:After Action Report

On January 26th, 2011 thousands of British Columbians participated in the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history.  This event was the largest single emergency preparedness activity ever conducted in BC history with 470,000 people registered to participate.  CREW sponsored the BC Shakeout and provided secondary funding to support an after action report.

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut BC 2011 After Action Report