Oregon Resiliency Report

Oregon’s information and communication systems are especially vulnerable to damage resulting from a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. Some of the inherent seismic vulnerabilities of the systems include the following:

  • The systems are highly dependent on other resources, such as power and transportation as well as skilled staff, to remain operational and to complete needed repairs.
  • The systems are financially dependent on consistent revenue streams to fund ongoing operations, maintenance, and debt service obligations.
  • Essential facilities, including central offices and towers, are often located in areas that make them vulnerable to damage from liquefaction of alluvial soils and landslides.
  • Many facilities were designed and constructed before the seismic design standards that reflect the current state of knowledge of regional seismicity were established.

​Recommendation: The Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC) is the proper oversight authority for all telecommunications utilities that are subject to the OPUC’s Oregon Administrative Rules.

Status: Complete. No legislative action required.
Recommendation: Provide liability waiver language in statute for vulnerabilities identified in the seismic vulnerability assessments that are above operators’ current normal operations.

Status: Complete: ORS 40.215 (2015).

Recommendation: Companies in this sector should institutionalize long-term seismic mitigation programs.

Status: No legislative action required.

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