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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Seismic Retrofit Project

Information about the City of Portland committee looking at seismic policy issues involving unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings.

The URM Policy Committee has been meeting monthly to prepare a seismic retrofit policy for Portland City Council to consider in 2017. The committee recently completed an initial report currently up for public review. Two public forums were held in September to gather feedback on the draft report which can be viewed here. More than 175 people attended the forums, dozens sharing their comments and concerns.

If you are interested in receiving updates about the project, click here and ask to be added to our email distribution list.


URM overview video

A short video about the City's concerns about unreinforced masonry buildings

URM Workplan

View the workplan for the URM Seismic Retrofit Project.

URM Project Description

View the project description for the URM Seismic Retrofit Project.

Policy Committee

BDS URM Database

Click to be redirected to a searchable database of Portland URM buildings.