Survival Basics: Cascadia Action Steps
It's Time to Get Ready

Glenda Hyde, Lynette Black, Patrick Corcoran, Lauren Kraemer and Catalina Sánchez-Frank
EM 9284 | March 2020 |


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).

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About the authors

Patrick Corcoran
Catalina Sánchez-Frank

Project supported by National Institute of Food and Agriculture Smith Lever Special Needs Competitive Grants Program (Award# 2018-41210-28702).

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