In honor of Earth Day, Columbia Gorge Community College and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management will present an interactive learning event, offering insights to Cascadia earthquake geology. impacts. and preparedness actions residents can take.
Cascadia earthquake is “Oregon’s greatest natural threat.” according to the Governor’s Task Force on Resilience.
When, not if, geologists agree. the Paciﬁc Coast is overdue for a magnitude 8.0-9.0 Cascadia subduction zone earthquake impacting the I-5 corridor from Northern California to Canada, and forecast as the largest natural disaster in US history. Gorge impacts would be significant. although far less so than to Portland and coastal communities.
How quickly Gorge communities can recover is largely a result of how well we prepare — and preparedness will help all of us be ready for more common emergencies and disasters such as power outages, winter storms, wildfires, and landslides.
Find out what you can do at this interesting, interactive event, with speakers Althea Rizzo. Ph.D. in geology and Hazards Program Coordinator for Oregon State Office of Emergency Management, and Hood River County Emergency Manager Barb Ayers.
Public safety leaders will lead hands-on skill stations. so you can learn how to prepare our communities, businesses, neighborhoods and families. The Big One will be held at Hood River winery Springhouse Cellar, 14 Railroad St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Thursday April 21.
“When next great Cascadia subduction zone earthquake strikes the Paciﬁc Northwest. Oregon will face the greatest challenge in its history,“ the Governor’s Task Force on Resilience wrote in its Oregon Resilience Report to the Oregon Legislature in 2014.
The report continued, “Oregon’s buildings, transportation network. utilities, and population are simply not prepared for such an event. Were it to occur today. thousands of Oregonians would die. and economic losses would be at least $32 billion.”
“We cannot avoid the future earthquake, but we can choose a future in which the earthquake is a manageable disaster without lasting impact. We need to start preparing now,” report concluded.
For the last 25 years. the scientiﬁc community has been aware of the possibility that a great earthquake caused by the Cascadia subduction zone could strike the Paciﬁc Northwest. Now. after decades of research and recent great earthquakes in Sumatra, Chile, and Japan, awareness of this threat ls widespread in Oregon, and we know enough to paint a picture of what Oregon might look like after such an earthquake.
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office offers a broad array of emergency response services to communities across the county including Emergency Management, Search and Rescue, Marine Patrol, 911 dispatch, patrol division, Animal Control, Forest Patrol, civil division. and management support for the NORCOR regional jail in The Dalles.
Free hors d’oeuvres will be served and there is a no-host wine bar. A $10 optional donation to cover workshop costs is gratefully accepted. For more information, contact Emergency Manager Barbara Ayers at 541-386-1213 or e-mall Barbara.Ayers@co.hood-river.or.us.
Reprinted from The Enterprise as a public service.