Cascadia Actions Steps explains how Oregon residents and guests can prepare to survive and rebuild after the expected Cascadia earthquake and resulting tsunami.
This checklist is a companion piece for Oregon State University Extension Service’s free online training, Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event. The sessions are open to everyone. They include videos, narrated presentations, virtual reality simulations, interactive maps, articles and other resources exploring what the megaquake and tsunami will be like and how those affected can manage the subsequent recovery.
Scientists say there is a 37 percent chance that a major earthquake will occur along the Oregon Coast sometime within the next 50 years. The earthquake is expected to come from a rupture of the 600-mile fault called the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which sits from 70 to 100 miles off the Pacific Coast.
The fault is building up pressure and has the potential to produce a magnitude 8.0 to 9.0 earthquake with five to seven minutes of shaking and a tsunami.
Save this publication and use it as a checklist as you take the online training and make preparations. Additional tips are available in the publication No Power? No Problem: Tips to Help You Thrive in the Face of Disaster (EM 9278).
For more information
- 2 Weeks Ready, Oregon Office of Emergency Management
- CERT Basic Training Participant Manual. 2019. Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Recovery after Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit, University of Minnesota Extension
- Financial Recovery After Disaster video series, University of Minnesota Extension
- Mental Health First Aid USA (course and manual), National Council for Behavioral Health
- Prepare! A Resource Guide. American Red Cross Cascades Region. 2020
- Local American Red Cross office
- Ready.gov, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Goldfinger, C., C.H. Nelson, A. Morey, J.E. Johnson, J. Gutierrez-Pastor, A.T. Eriksson, E. Karabanov, J. Patton, E. Gracia, R. Enkin, A. Dallimore, G. Dunhill, and T. Vallier. 2012. Turbidite Event History: Methods and Implications for Holocene Paleoseismicity of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. U.S. Geological Survey, p. 184
Project supported by National Institute of Food and Agriculture Smith Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program (Award# 2018-41210-28702).