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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

URM Building Work Group

The City's URM Work Group is an initiative to address the risks associated with URM buildings. Meeting are open to the public. The group is expected to work through 2020 focused on recommendations to promote seismic retrofits for URMs. URMs are the most dangerous buildings in an earthquake. There are believed to be at least 1,600 URM buildings in Portland. In contrast to past efforts, the new work group will focus on programs to support voluntary seismic retrofits, rather than on standards for mandatory retrofits. The work group will consider the needs of non-profits, as well as how to support for-profit businesses. 

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