Resilience Planning for the CSZ Earthquake
"Can we learn from similar events, or do we have to learn the hard way?" asked architect Jay Raskin, speaking of the deaths, damaged buildings, economic losses, and disruption of essential services expected in a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. At AWB's March meeting Raskin, vice chair of the state's seismic safety policy commission, described Oregon's current lack of resiliency in the face of this inevitable event, highlighting in particular the vulnerability of the state's liquid fuel supply. Raskin urged continued assessment of important buildings, systems, and services; establishment of a state resilience office; full funding of the state's grant program for upgrading schools and emergency facilities; and development of a rating system to encourage higher levels of seismic resiliency in buildings.