Quake Up! Earthquake Preparedness

Animals in Jeopardy
Simple Things You Can Do Today
Cosas simples que puede hacer hoy
San Francisco 1906, Japan 2011
Oregon's Earthquake Threats

It's Time to Quake Up!

Tualatin Valley Community Television captured the first Washington County Quake Up! event October 2015 in Hillsboro and produced these programs. 

Quake Up 2015 Video Programs and Titles:

Animals in Jeopardy - Jo Becker, Preparedness Advocate 

Jo Becker graduated in 2005 from a Washington County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Since then she has had intensive Incident Command System training, taken several animal-specific courses, trained with technical animal rescue teams in the Northwest, and Jo has deployed nationally on two emergency animal sheltering operations.

Be Prepared, Not Scared: Simple Things You Can Do Today - Cynthia Valdivia, Washington County  

Cynthia Valdivia is a bilingual program educator with Washington County Public Health Emergency Preparedness. She is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor and offers many low-cost or free ways to be prepared.

En Español Prepárece, no tema: Cosas simples que puede hacer hoy - Cynthia Valdivia

Great Quakes: San Francisco 1906, Japan 2011 - Sig Unander 

Professional speaker and writer Sig Unander’s illustrated talk recounts and contrasts two major earthquakes that changed history—San Francisco 1906 and Japan 2011—their differing outcomes, and lessons they hold.

What are the Earthquake Threats to Oregon, and What Can We Do About It? - Dr. Jeff Rubin

Dr. Jeff Rubin, Emergency Manager for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, uses demonstrations, video clips, and discussion to create a conversation about the specific earthquake hazards and related risks we face in Washington County, the Metro region, and the Pacific Northwest. He covers the ways different soil types typically respond to strong shaking, how liquefaction occurs and why it matters, what shaking does to buildings and our lifelines, and other aspects of seismic hazards. Jeff is the past Vice Chair of the Oregon Resilience Task Force.

QuakeUp October 2015 Event

Be Prepared, Not Scared

The story's out - we're at great risk for a major earthquake. Here are toolkits, checklists, videos, guides, and media stories on readying for Pacific Northwest natural disasters.  

You can do it, a task at a time. Use Take 5 to Survive to start. Spanish information available.

Washington County Emergency Preparedness provides ways for people to prepare together and make their communities more resilient.

  • If you are in unincorporated Washington County and you would like to request a speaker or copies of materials to guide your neighborhood or group, call 503-846-8292 or 503-846-7580.
  • If you live in or near Beaverton, Hillsboro, or Tigard, click the county link above to find your contact for their preparedness resources. For Cornelius, Forest Grove, or Sherwood, see this list.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue posts a variety of information, including videos, on overall emergency preparedness. TVF&R also compiles a page pertaining specifically to earthquakes and volcanoes.

State of Oregon Office of Emergency Management earthquake webpage. Spanish information available. 

  • Businesses: Look to the state's link above for "QuakeSmart Mitigation Works" about planning to get back to business quickly after a major natural disaster.
  • Planning: View the Oregon Reslience Plan and Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission information.

Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Aftershock" provides a localized report for your address on seismic risks and how to prepare. 

For teachers, students and parents looking for projects, just a few places for inspiration: USGS earthquakes for kidsScience Kids earthquake facts, and a Pacific Northwest earthquake scenarios poster (large file) by Earth Science educators Teachers on the Leading Edge.

  • Interested in borrowing our Kids Shake Table, created for Quake Up! by 4-H Tech Wizards, in your classroom? Call 503-821-1150 and ask for CPO or 4-H. Here's an example of how a middle school science teacher in Michigan used a table to demonstrate the effect of seismic waves on structures.  

Purposeful local and national media stories on our earthquake threats and risks:

First Washington County Quake Up! a Success 

An estimated 2,000 people visited Quake Up! at the Downtown Hillsboro Saturday Farmers' Market on October 10, 2015 to talk with exhibitors, receive earthquake preparedness resources, and participate in a family-friendly event including emergency supply giveaways. Educational forums in the Civic Center Auditorium drew a total audience of 385 people. Translated information, bilingual hosts at information booths, and a presentation in Spanish were provided. Download a 1-page Quake Up! overview. / Watch KOIN 6 news coverage of our event.

Thank You, 2015 Supporters


Jo Becker, Cynthia Valdivia, Sig Unander, Dr. Jeff Rubin


  • American Red Cross
  • Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development
  • City of Hillsboro: Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and Building Services
  • Washington County: Emergency Management, Public Health, Sheriff's Office, and Animal Services
  • CERT volunteers from Beaverton and Tigard
  • Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District
  • NW Seismic retrofitting
  •  Joint Water Commission

Guest Elected Officials

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Washington County Commissioners Greg Malinowski and Bob Terry, State Representative Joe Gallegos

CPO Volunteer Quake Up! Planning Team

Co-Chairs Peggy Harris and Stan Houseman, Helen Larson, Sig Unander, Pat Wolter

Supporting Partners

Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets, OSU Extension Service 4-H Tech Wizards, Tualatin Valley Community Television, Washington County Administrative Office, Washington County Museum 

Retail Emergency Supplies Giveaway Donors

Cabela’s, Costco, EmergencyKit.com, Fred Meyer, Walmart, Wilco



The 2015 Quake Up! was organized by the Washington County CPO Program in partnership with Hillsboro Farmers' Markets and the Washington County Museum.


If you have questions about Quake Up! or want to be informed of future program opportunities, contact Dan Schauer at dan_schauer@co.washington.or.us, or call 503-846-6287.

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