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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

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Inner North and NE Portland residents invited to free seismic home-improvement class 4-30-2012

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) and the Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS) are co-hosting a free seismic-strengthening presentation Monday, April 30, 2012. Area residents are invited to learn the basic steps involved in reducing the likelihood of earthquake damage to their homes.


BDS inspections manager Jim Nicks will provide an overview of the permitting and construction processes required for seismic home-improvement projects, including a show-and-tell explanation of needed materials. PBEM Director Carmen Merlo will share her own recent experience bracing her century-old house against earthquakes. She’ll also share tips for securing everyday household items. This free event is taking place at Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women (2231 North Flint St.) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parking is available in the school parking lot and on-street.


Last year’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan served as a reminder that all Pacific Rim cities, including Portland, are at risk for such a major event. The last catastrophic quake in Oregon was geologically similar to the one in Japan, striking off the West Coast January 26, 1700. Scientists say it’s only a matter of time before the next big earthquake occurs.


Volunteers from Portland’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) program will also be on hand to share information about community training and preparedness.