Portland is at risk from earthquakes, floods, landslides, and other natural hazards, threatening hundreds of lives and potentially causing billions of dollars in property damage. With this in mind, a group of government and community stakeholders met over the past 15 months to review the latest data on these hazards and develop a list of actions to save lives, lessen property damage, and reduce the impact on the city's most vulnerable populations. The result is The Mitigation Action Plan (MAP): The City of Portland’s Path to Resilience.
The draft plan includes 160 specific actions and projects Portland city bureaus can take before disaster strikes. Examples include retrofitting Portland's stock of unreinforced masonry buildings, ensuring emergency plans account for residents with access and functional needs, and providing ways to connect residents to power during a prolonged outage.
"These actions will save lives and benefit all Portlanders, including underserved communities that often suffer the most in a disaster," said Danielle Butsick, Portland's Natural Hazard Mitigation Planner. "The plan specifically focuses on equity to ensure we never forget lessons learned from Vanport, Hurricane Katrina, and elsewhere."
Public comment on the draft plan is being accepted from now until September 15th. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/naturalhazard for the electronic version, or stop by the Multnomah County Central (801 SW 10th Ave), Midland (805 SE 122nd Ave), or North Portland (512 N Killingsworth St) libraries to view a hard copy of the plan.
The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is also hosting a series of summer socials in August for residents to ask questions about the plan and provide feedback. For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/naturalhazard or email TheMAP@portlandoregon.gov.
- Tuesday, August 16th – Wallace Park (1600 NW 25th Ave), 6-8:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 17th – Columbia Park (7701 N Chautauqua Blvd), 6-8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 23rd – Lents Park (SE 92nd Ave & Holgate Blvd), 6-8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 30th – Gabriel Park (SW 45th Ave & Vermont St), 6-8:30 p.m.