Post Shakeout Survey and Panel
October 24, 2016
Last week, all Lewis & Clark community members received an alert via email, phone, and/or text message to participate in the Great Oregon Shakeout earthquake drill.
“The threat of earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest is too immense to be overlooked,” said Emergency Response Coordinator Jason Holmgren. “The drill was a small but vital step in the process of being ready for such an event.”
To help measure the effectiveness of the drill, please take a moment to complete this short survey and provide feedback for this exercise by Friday, October 28 (your answers will be anonymous). As a thank you for completing the survey, you can enter to win a gift card redeemable at the Lewis & Clark bookstore.
For broader conversations about earthquake preparedness and resilience, please attend these upcoming events:
Monday, October 24
Subduction and Seduction: Upping the Appeal of Earthquake Messaging
At 7 p.m. tonight, Associate Professor of Geological Science Liz Safran will take to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) stage to explore the role that visual media can play in helping the Pacific Northwest become an “earthquake culture.” She will dive into the origins of the hazards we face and some of their potential impacts, as well as explore the power and pitfalls of existing disaster preparation messaging. The event will be held at the Venetian Theatre and Bistro, 253 E. Main St., in Hillsboro. Doors Open at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26
At 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Council Chamber, Lewis & Clark will host a panel discussion to field questions about earthquake risks and preparedness and to share the results of Lewis & Clark’s Shakeout drill. Panelists include:
Senior Community Outreach and Information Representative Felicia Heaton is Portland Bureau of Emergency Management’s primary liaison to schools, neighborhood associations, volunteer groups, disaster aid agencies, and local businesses. Before joining the bureau, she worked as a news anchor and reporter for Portland’s News Radio 1190 KEX, ABC News, and the Oregonian. Felicia continues her work in radio as a weekend on-air personality on Portland music station K103.3.
Associate Professor of Geological Science Liz Safran is a geomorphologist—a geologist who studies how landscapes evolve. She joined the environmental studies program at Lewis & Clark in 2000. Her past research focused on erosion by water and landslides, but her most recent work on Cascadia earthquake-related communication is an interdisciplinary collaboration with professors in psychology and rhetoric and media studies. This collaboration was inspired by the close connections with colleagues and the thinking across boundaries that life in an interdisciplinary program at a liberal arts college fosters.
- Clackamas County Resilience Coordinator Jay Wilson spearheads the County’s efforts to reduce risks and assess hazards including flood, earthquake, wildfire, volcano, and tsunami hazards, and climate change impacts. He is the chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission and currently serves as a disaster resilience fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology.