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Lightning Safety Awareness Week: June 24-30, 2012

The National Weather Service is promoting June 24-30, 2012 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week. The theme is "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!"

The National Weather Service is promoting June 24-30, 2012 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week. The theme is "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!" Around the U.S. hundreds of people are permanently injured each year by lightning. Although less common in Oregon than some parts of the country, lightning still poses a danger in the Portland area and should be treated seriously. Someone was struck by lightning in Forest Park as recently as June of this year.

Click here for tips on how you and your family can be safe. It's important to remember that there is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. The best way to protect yourself from lightning is to avoid the threat. You simply don't want to be caught outside in a storm. Have a lightning safety plan and cancel or postpone activities early if thunderstorms are expected. Monitor conditions and get to a safe place before weather becomes threatening. [more]

Pedalpalooza event highlights role of cargo bikes in a disaster

On Sunday (6/18) PBEM joined amateur radio operators and cargo bike enthusiasts by participating in Pedalpalooza's inaugural Disaster Relief Trials event.

PBEM's communications trailerOn Sunday (6/18) PBEM joined amateur radio operators and cargo bike enthusiasts by participating in Pedalpalooza's inaugural Disaster Relief Trials event.

PBEM's communications trailer supported the amateur radio component of the festivities as cargo bike riders pedaled through obstacles and overcame other challenges along a 30 mile course in north and northeast Portland.

Click here to read a blog posting by Jonathan Maus on BikePortland.org about the event.

Click here for a story by April Baer of OPB about the use of cargo bikes in a disaster.

Click here to learn more about the Disaster Relief Trials.

Walking tour shows how Portland's buildings and bridges might fare in an earthquake

The Portland Earthquake Project hosted a free walking tour for the public in Portland's Old Town on Tuesday, June 12th.

Portland Earthquake Walking TourThe Portland Earthquake Project hosted a free walking tour for the public in Portland’s Old Town on Tuesday, June 12th. During the tour, experts in the fields of engineering and geology described seismic challenges and successes at four different sites.

The tour began at the Mercy Corps Action Center and included the Burnside Bridge, the harbor wall along the Willamette River and Portland Fire Station 1. A similiar event occurred in April with Mayor Adams participating. Click here to watch a video from the April tour.

 

The Portland Earthquake Project is a collaboration among Mercy Corps, Oregon Red Cross, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM). Click here to learn more.