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Commissioner Steve Novick

Official Website for Commissioner Steve Novick

Phone: 503-823-4682

fax: 503-823-4019

1221 SW 4th Ave. Suite 210, Portland, OR 97204

OPB: Taking the Lead on Earthquake Preparedness

Several months ago, OPB started a series titled “Unprepared – Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake?” to focus attention on the earthquake danger faced by the Northwest, and show the public how to prepare (http://www.opb.org/news/series/unprepared/). I want to personally commend OPB for the time and effort they are bringing to arguably the greatest threat faced by our community.

So far they have sent local scientists to Japan to study the Tohoku earthquake, embedded reporters with families living off their emergency kits for a weekend, hosted online chats with experts to answer preparedness questions, and unrelentingly covered earthquakes on the air and the web. They even created a program to enable you to look up your address to see how a Casacadia quake may impact your neighborhood - http://www.opb.org/aftershock/.

I encourage you to check out their website and pay attention to the OPB’s coverage throughout the year, culminating in an hour-long documentary in October. I also hope others in the local media will join OPB in educating the public about earthquakes and sharing how we can become more resilient.