News story posted to oregonlive.com June 15, 2017.
News story posted to KGW.com June 14, 2017.
News release from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management June 13, 2017.
The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management is sharing the final results of a study conducted by DHM Research to look at how Portlanders are preparing for a major disaster (click here to view the results). The research was conducted from November 2016 to February 2017 and includes the results of a telephone survey, online survey, and two focus groups. Here are some of the findings:
- Portlanders are largely aware that a disaster could happen; 74% believe a natural disaster is somewhat or very likely to occur in Portland in the next ten years. However, this awareness may not be enough to drive them to prepare.
- About half of Portlanders (52%) have made an emergency kit for their household. This tracks almost exactly with national survey numbers; Portlanders are not more prepared than people in other parts of the country.
- Portlanders believe knowing their neighbors is a first step in neighborhood preparedness. Those who are more connected to their neighbors also feel more prepared for emergencies. However, only 13% of Portlanders have actually made a plan with their neighbors.
- Portlanders expect to rely on themselves, people in their households, and family or friends first in an emergency situation. When asked who will provide assistance in the days following a disaster, people were "very confident" of others in their household (66%), family and friends (58%), neighbors (42%), and then local emergency responders (37%).
Click here to read the full report.
Opinion article by Anne Kronenberg, Barbara Graff, Cathey Eide, and Carmen Merlo posted to sfchronicle.com June 8, 2017.
News story posted to portlandtribune.com June 5, 2017.