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Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC)

After the Loma a Earthquake in the Bay Area of California in 1989, Oregon residents wanted State government to address earthquake hazards and preparedness of the state. As a result, the Interagency Seismic Task Force recommended that a new state commission be formed in response to this need.
The Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC), also known as the Earthquake Commission, is tasked with promoting earthquake awareness and preparedness in Oregon. The mission of OSSPAC is to positively influence decisions and policies regarding pre-disaster mitigation of earthquake and tsunami hazards, increase public understanding of earthquake hazard, risk, exposure, and vulnerability through education, and be responsive to the new studies and/or issues raised around earthquakes and tsunamis.
The Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) was formed as a result of Senate Bill 96 in 1991. Since this time, OSSPAC has continued to increase Oregon’s awareness to earthquake hazards by supporting earthquake education, research and legislation. Every two years, OSSPAC provides a summary report to the Governor of the Commission's activities. OSSPAC has formed relationships with the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) and the California Seismic Safety Commission which provides a persuasive advantage to affect federal policy for the West Coast.


OSSPAC meets bi-monthly (usually on the second Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Next meeting: Tuesday May 16, 2017

Oregon State Capitol
Hearing Room C
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Call in Option: (866) 590-5055 Participant Code 751480

When available, agenda will be posted here. 

Members of the Commission

The Commission is made up of 18 individuals who represent a variety of interests concerned with forming public policy regarding earthquakes and includes six government representatives, six representatives of the public interest, and six representatives of industries and stakeholders. This variety of commission members helps direct the goals of the Commission for the benefit of all Oregon citizens.
  • CHAIR: Jay Wilson - Public member
  • VICE CHAIR: Jay Raskin - Public Member
  • Deborah Boone - Representative, Legislative Assembly
  • Doug Dougherty - Schools Stakeholder
  • Greg Ek-Collins - Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Steve Lucker - Department of Land Conservation & Development
  • Ed MacMullan - Banking Stakeholder
  • Ian Madin - Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
  • Walter McMonies - Multifamily Housing Stakeholder
  • Michael Mumaw - Local Government Stakeholder
  • Trent Nagele - Structural Engineer Stakeholder
  • Adam Pushkas - Building Owners Stakeholder
  • Althea Rizzo - Oregon Office of Emergency Management
  • Arnie Roblan - Senator, Legislative Assembly
  • Richard Rogers - Building Codes Division
  • Cara Sloman - American Red Cross
  • Jeffrey Soulages - Public Member
  • Stan Watters - Utilities Stakeholder
For more information contact:
Chair Jay Wilson

Additional Resources

Oregon Resilience Plan
In 2011, Oregon legislature directed OSSPAC to lead and coordinate the Oregon Resilience Plan. In 2013, OSSPAC delivered the plan and recommendations to the legislature. For more information and to read the plan, go to our Oregon Resilience Plan.

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