The following is from a column by Steve Novick posted on oregonlive.com August 13, 2012.
"A recent story in The Oregonian reminds us that a "major quake is coming, likely soon." But what can we do to prepare? The cost of all the public infrastructure investments that we should be making is daunting. The Portland Public Schools bond measure would protect many of our schools (which is one of many reasons to support it), but right now we don't have the money to, for instance, quake-proof our beautiful bridges."
"But there is one thing we can do that is both eminently doable and vitally important. We can preserve our neighborhoods by taking simple steps to ensure that tens of thousands of houses survive The Big One." [read the rest of the column]
Here are links to resources on how to prepare your home for an earthquake.
- Living on Shaky Ground - How to Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Oregon
- Portland Bureau of Development Services - Residential Seismic Strengthening Program
- What to do during an earthquake (three minute video)
- Earthquake Basics: Science, Risk and Mitigation (30 minute online course)
- A Homeowner's Guide to Nonstructrual Earthquake Retrofit
- Ready.gov - Earthquakes
- Federal Emergency Management Agency - Earthquakes