Emergency Preparedness

Disasters are inevitable. How prepared are you?

The story's out. We're at great risk for a major earthquake here in the Pacific Northwest. Last year, CPO volunteers, in partnership with local agencies and businesses, hosted Quake Up!, an informative and educational earthquake preparedness event. An estimated 2,000 people attended the event, visiting with exhibitors and picking up earthquake preparedness resources. Educational forums, including a presentation in Spanish, were provided.  


2016 Quake Up! The Washington County CPO Program, Beaverton Farmers' Market and other local partners are hosting this year's Quake Up! from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, at the Beaverton Farmers' Market by the City Library on Hall Blvd. (between 3rd and 5th).

Preparedness Resources

Find some useful earthquake preparedness resources listed below that include toolkits, checklists, videos, guides, and media stories on readying for Pacific Northwest natural disasters. 

  • Use Take 5 to Survive to start, one task at a time. Spanish information available.
  • Washington County Emergency Preparedness provides ways for people to prepare together and make their communities more resilient. If you are in unincorporated Washington County and you would like to request a speaker or copies of materials to guide your neighborhood or group, call 503-846-8292 or 503-846-7580. If you live in or near Beaverton, Hillsboro, or Tigard, click the county link above to find your contact for their preparedness resources. For Cornelius, Forest Grove, or Sherwood, see this list.
  • Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue posts a variety of information, including videos, on overall emergency preparedness. TVF&R also compiles a page pertaining specifically to earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • State of Oregon Office of Emergency Management earthquake webpage. Spanish information available. 
  • Businesses: Look to the state's link above for "QuakeSmart Mitigation Works" about planning to get back to business quickly after a major natural disaster.
  • Planning: View the Oregon Resilience Plan and Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission information.
  • Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Aftershock" provides a localized report for your address on seismic risks and how to prepare. 
  • For teachers, students and parents looking for projects, just a few places for inspiration: USGS earthquakes for kids, Science Kids earthquake facts, and a Pacific Northwest earthquake scenarios poster (large file) by Earth Science educators Teachers on the Leading Edge.
  • Interested in borrowing our Kids Shake Table, created for Quake Up! by 4-H Tech Wizards, in your classroom? Call 503-821-1150 and ask for CPO or 4-H. Here's an example of how a middle school science teacher in Michigan used a table to demonstrate the effect of seismic waves on structures.  
  • Watch, listen or read Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Unprepared" series.
  • Read Kathryn Schulz's powerful article The Really Big One, New Yorker, July 20, 2015, and follow-up post, How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes.