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The City of Portland, Oregon

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

Questions? Email urms@portlandoregon.gov or contact 503-823-4375.


On October 23, 2019, Portland City Council passed two items involving earthquakes and unreinforced masonry buildings:

  • Appointed a committee to develop a voluntary seismic retrofit policy with options to help for-profit and non-profit building owners complete the work (click here to view the Council documents); and
  • Removed a requirement to notify tenants and place earthquake warning signs on unreinforced masonry buildings (click here to view the Council documents).

URM Building Work Group

Information about the URM Building Work Group from December 2019 to present.