Oregon Resiliency Report

​"If we cannot control the volatile tides of change, we can learn to build better boats."         - Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back (2012)

The Oregon Resilience Plan maps a path of policy and investment priorities for the next 50 years. The recommendations offer Oregon's Legislative Assembly and Governor immediate steps to begin a journey along that path. The plan and its recommendations build on the solid foundation laid over the past quarter century by some of Oregon's top scientists, engineers, and policymakers. 

Recommendation: Completing a statewide inventory of critical buildings (those needed for emergency response and the provision of basic services to communities) in both public and private sectors (Chapter Four).

Status: In progress. The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) started its inventory of all state-owned buildings in 2016. The Office of Emergency Management has a listing of all state, tribal, county and city Emergency Operations Centers, and the Oregon Fusion Center is developing its private sector inventory. 

Recommendation: Completing an updated inventory of the local agency, transit, port, and rail assets that assure access to school buildings and hospitals and could be used during emergencies (Chapter Five).

Status: In progress. A request has been submitted to the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a statewide resilience assessment of Oregon's Resilience Plan, the Cascadia Playbook, and all state, county and tribal emergency operation plans for multi-modal transportation systems that directly relate to a Cascadia subduction zone event. If Oregon is selected in 2018, federal agencies will be brought into the assessment by the Department of Homeland Security. This will be a two-year project.
Recommendation: Fully funding Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grants Program for K-12 schools, community colleges, and emergency response facilities (Chapters Two and Four).

Status: In progress. There was $205 million allotted for the 2015-17 biennium, and $121 million for the 2017-19 biennium.

Recommendation: Seismically upgrading lifeline transportation routes into and out of major business centers statewide by 2030 (Chapter Five).

Status: In progress. HB 2017 (2017) committed $5.3 billion for transportation investments.

Recommendation: Establishing a State Resilience Office (SRO) to provide leadership, resources, advocacy, and expertise in implementing statewide resilience plans (Chapter Four).

Status: Complete. HB 2270 (2015), appointed the SRO in June 2016.
Recommendation: Developing a seismic rating system for new buildings to incentivize construction of buildings more resilient than building code compliance requires and to communicate seismic risk to the public (Chapters Two and Four).

Status: In progress. Oregon will follow the US Resiliency Council model for rating seismic buildings.

R​ecommendation: Tasking the Oregon Public Utilities Commission (OPUC) to provide oversight for seismic preparedness of the energy providers currently under its jurisdiction (Chapter Six).

​Status: Complete. OPUC has major energy providers giving annual updates on each of their systems, their master plans for upgrades, and their mitigation efforts.

R​ecommendation: Working with the hospitality industry to develop plans to assist visitors following a major earthquake and tsunami and to plan strategies to rebuild the tourism industry (Chapter Three).

Stat​us: In progress. The Office of Emergency Management is working with the Oregon Tourism Commission and Department of Land Conservation and Development is working with coastal communities.
​Recommendation: Revising individual preparedness communications to specify preparation from the old standard of 72 hours to a minimum of two weeks, and possibly more (Chapters Two and Three).

Status: Complete. The Office of Emergency Management established a "2 Weeks Ready" campaign and counties/cities have adopted it.​

For questions or comments, please contact the State Resilience Office​.

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