What’s the earthquake risk in your neighborhood? Is your home or business located on a flood plain? To find out the answers to these questions and more, check out the new maps created by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM). The maps –made in partnership with Portland’s neighborhood coalition offices – identify natural hazards throughout the city. They offer a neighborhood coalition by neighborhood coalition account of known earthquake faults, flood plains and other dangers, including hazardous material sites, steep slopes and forested areas at risk of fire. The maps also show community resources – such as evacuation routes and key transportation corridors used during emergencies, hospitals, county clinics, schools, fire stations and police facilities – within each neighborhood coalition area.
Each map can be downloaded directly from PBEM’s website. Larger versions are available for viewing in person at the following seven neighborhood coalition offices:
- Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) – 4415 NE 87th Avenue
- East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO) – 1017 NE 117th Avenue
- Neighbors West/Northwest (NW/NW) – 2257 NW Raleigh
- North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) – 2209 N Schofield
- Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) – 4815 NE 7th Avenue
- Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition (SEUL) – 3534 SE Main
- Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) – Multnomah Arts Center – 7688 SW Capitol Highway
The maps were created by compiling information from a variety of existing sources, including data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).
Have a comment about the maps? Tell us what you think at http://www.portlandonline.com/oem/index.cfm?c=53979.