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Post-earthquake evaluation

The following information is intended for use by local jurisdictions as they prepare for the evaluation of buildings after a seismic event.

Oregon post-earthquake evaluation resources

Important information

In using the resources above, local government should consult their legal counsel and emergency planners.
Also, keep in mind the following:

  • This information may not be accessible online in the event of a seismic event. The lists are printable and will be updated with revision dates.
  • When choosing who to enlist to evaluate buildings after an earthquake, consider any potential conflicts of interest of the evaluator and the potential liability of the government agency.
  • Placement on these lists does not necessarily mean a person has the requisite skills to evaluate buildings in the event of an earthquake. Local building officials should determine what skills are necessary for their needs, including consideration of whether the person works for a government entity, whether the person has professional certifications (e.g. engineer), whether the person has inspection certifications (e.g. A-level structural inspectors), and what training the person has completed.
  • Nothing in this information or any other rule or regulation adopted by the division is intended to limit the pool of persons allowed to perform post-earthquake evaluations.

Note: Any state or local government should exercise caution when using non government employed volunteers for post earthquake evaluation or any other work. Appropriate consultation with legal counsel is a necessary step in developing local response plan.

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