Oregon voter’s showed their concern about making children safe in their schools by approving $500 millions of bonding for seismic upgrades of schools a few years back. The Legislature has been slow to allocate funding for the project, but some projects are being funded. Recently, one such project was completed for the Central Elementary School in Albany, Oregon. A masonry building almost a hundred years old, it is a well loved school with 160 students from kindergarten to fifth grade. The $1.5 million dollar grant from Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) helped tie the roof and floors to the masonry walls. Selective walls were made into shear walls to resist the earthquake and new stairs were built to evacuate from the school. The building is considered an historic building and the work was approved by the State … Read More »
The Oregon Resilience Plan was adopted by OSSPAC and will shortly be on its way to the Legislature. OSSPAC was tasked by the Legislature with developing this plan in 2011, and with the help of over 150 volunteers, divided into 8 task groups and an advisory committee, produced a report that takes a comprehensive look at the impacts of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami will have on Oregon, and makes recommendations to reduce that impact. The draft report and the executive summary are available from Oregon Emergency Management (OEM).
The report builds on a conceptual framework developed by the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR) and a similar effort in the state of Washington. This framework includes looking at impacts of a scenario 9.0 Cascadia earthquake on business continuity, critical buildings, transportation, energy, water/waste, telecommunications, and the coast. It … Read More »