One of the best ways to survive is to be able to get out of the tsunami inundation zone quickly. In order to do this, it is imperative that escape routes are clearly marked no matter the time of day or weather conditions. As Oregon has been a leader in tsunami hazard mitigation, we are continuing this tradition with this “Up and Out” wayfinding project.
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management is very happy to partner with the Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory to seek creative solutions that will save lives during a tsunami event. Their work in other disaster prone areas, especially in hard hit Japan, makes them an excellent choice for this project.
It is hoped that this is the first phase in creating a much safer Oregon by putting in place wayfinding systems that will help our residents and visitors escape to safety. This report can be used by communities to evaluate and re-invigorate how they create routes to safety.