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The physical damage from a full-scale Cascadia
earthquake will primarily occur west of the Cascade Mountains. However, every area of Oregon will be
impacted by the potential loss of fuel supplies and the unprecedented
requirements for emergency response. Organizations need to be aware of the statewide impacts, and plan for
how they will prepare and respond.
How to recover
There are many variables that will affect the recovery of your business. The resources that may be available will depend upon the particular circumstances of your organization, including tax status. Talk to your emergency manager about the help that may be available in your area. (link to locals list)
What to do during and immediately after the event
Each disaster will require a different response. The planning you do will help you sort out what needs to happen. It will also help you communicate with clients, members, students, parents and your community with what they can expect from your organization in a disaster.
Non-profits, faith-based organizations, schools and colleges are often trusted by the community. In the case of a catastrophic disaster, the organizations that generally deal with emergencies (police, fire, hospitals, emergency managers, the Red Cross, etc.) will not be able to meet the surge in needs. Many people will reach out to trusted organizations for help. The extent to which your organization will be able to respond to these requests will be determined by the planning and preparation you do now.
Even if you haven’t been able to plan, the information below may help you decide what you need to do in the first two minutes, two hours, two days and two weeks following a disaster. While some of these tips relate specifically to a catastrophic Cascadia earthquake, most apply to a range of disasters.
Preparing ahead of time
There are many things you can do that will increase the odds of your organization making it through a disaster with as little impact as possible. Some of these require little time or money, others can be done as resources permit.
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