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Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC)


After the Loma Prieta 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)
Next meeting: Tuesday November 12, 2019 9am

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

 When available, agenda will be posted here
CEI Hub Working Group
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 965
Portland, OR 97232

Event Notification

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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: Jeffrey Soulages - Public member
  • VICE CHAIR: Tiffany Brown - Local Government Stakeholder
  • Matt Crall - Department of Land Conservation & Development
  • Greg Ek-Collins - Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Dacia Grayber - First Responder Stakeholder
  • Joe Karney - Utilities Stakeholder
  • Ed MacMullan - Banking Stakeholder
  • Bonnie Magura - Schools Stakeholder
  • Walter McMonies - Multifamily Housing Stakeholder
  • Tiffany Mitchell - Representative Legislative Assembly
  • Trent Nagele - Structural Engineer Stakeholder
  • Adam Pushkas - Building Owners Stakeholder
  • Althea Rizzo - Oregon Office of Emergency Management
  • Arnie Roblan - Senator, Legislative Assembly
  • Susan Romanski - Public Member
  • Aeron Teverbaugh - Dept. of Consumer and Business Services
  • Yumei Wang - Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
  • Katie Young - Public member
For more information contact:

Senate Bill 850

Senate Bill 850 (SB850) requires OSSPAC to establish a committee to assist the commission in establishing policy recommendations regarding life and property protection following a major earthquake or tsunami event. The committee will conduct a review of policy options, prepare a summary of existing state agency reports and studies, and prepare recommendations for policy measures regarding life and property protection. This includes, but is not limited to, investigation of insurance-related issues for earthquakes and tsunami events. SB850 also directs OSSPAC to form a committee to look into mass care/mass displacement activities after an event. A report is due no later than September 30, 2018.


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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