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Oregon's Natural Hazards

Statewide Planning Goal 7 identifies six natural hazards that are common in Oregon. Local governments are required to plan for these hazards to reduce risk to people and property. The hazards identified in Goal 7 are: floods, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, coastal erosion, and wildfires. The Oregon Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (2015) identifies and addresses five additional hazards: droughts, dust storms, volcanoes, windstorms, and winter storms. Local governments may choose to address other hazards as well.

Learn more about Oregon's natural hazards and how local communities can use land use planning to mitigate risks.


Hazard Data and Tools

DLCD currently supports a hazards portal for related planning information on natural hazards, as well as an online web application that allows users to explore GIS data depicting natural hazards in the state. The Hazards Reporter was funded by DLCD and built in collaboration with Oregon State University and the Institute for Natural Resources. It allows you to obtain reports on hazards for specific areas and access hazards data from multiple state and federal agencies. Additionally, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) built a statewide hazards viewer, HazVu, that provides information on a variety of geologic hazards in Oregon.

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