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Free earthquake prep resources now available for businesses

QuakeSmartThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Wednesday (1/4) announced the availability of QuakeSmart - a free earthquake preparedness resource tailored for businesses.


This QuakeSmart Toolkit provides business owners, managers, and employees with basic guidance and ready-to-use tools that can be modified to meet the specific needs of a business. The QuakeSmart process helps identify earthquake risk, make a risk reduction plan and then take action.

Click here to learn more about the program and access the QuakeSmart materials.

Winter Travel Advisory for MLK Jr. Holiday Weekend

The following information was issued by the Portland Bureau of Transportation:

A storm front is predicted to head into the Portland Metro area this weekend and early next week, with temperatures cold enough to result in rain/snow mix on the valley floor, with little or no accumulation below 500 feet and up to one inch above 500 feet. Although details are still uncertain, the City urges everyone to be prepared. The traveling public is advised to be alert for snow and ice on streets and sidewalks and limited visibility Sunday morning through Wednesday morning.

Landmark elevations at or above 1,000 feet in Portland include Council Crest at 1,073 feet, Mount Scott at 1,050 feet and the top of West Burnside at 950 feet. Elevations at or above 500 feet include the Sunset Highway/Sylvan exit, Mount Tabor, I-5 near Capitol Highway, Rocky Butte, Powell Butte, Washington Park, Kelly Butte, OHSU, and Barbur Transit Center. For more elevation information, view the Portland Plow Map at

The public is advised to make a plan now for their weekend travels and weekday commutes. People should avoid driving on icy, snowy, or slushy streets; take transit if at all possible; or delay their trip until conditions improve. [more]

Public comment sought for City of Portland's new earthquake response document

NOTE: The comment period for the City's earthquake response appendix is now closed.

Earthquake Response AppendixHaving grown into major city long before scientists discovered its unique seismic vulnerabilities, Portland is now expected to experience a potentially devastating earthquake of magnitude 9.0 or greater. Work is underway to identify those vulnerabilities and make Portland a more earthquake-resilient city. This work -now embodied in the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management’s new Earthquake Response Appendix - will help lessen the severity of an earthquake’s impact on residents.

The Earthquake Response Appendix is a supplement to the City’s Basic Emergency Operations Plan and a framework for Portland's ever-evolving approach to earthquake response. Soon, this document will reach Portland City Council for consideration. In the meantime, PBEM is asking the public to thoroughly examine the appendix and provide feedback.

To learn more about the threats facing Portland’s energy, water, sewer, transportation, communication and building infrastructures; to understand the roles elected leaders, city officials, emergency responders, the private sector and community-based organizations play in the context of earthquake response; and to understand the partnerships established among public and private agencies to help support this response, please read the appendix by clicking here.

To provide insight and comments about the document, click here and fill out the feedback form.