ASCE Oregon Hosts "Unprepared" education event in Astoria

The Oregon Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) hosted another community awareness event to highlight seismic risks and vulnerabilities, this time in the coastal community of Astoria, Oregon. Allison Pyrch, President Elect, Mark Libby, Past President, and Jerry Ramsden, Program Chair, were joined by a panel of local engineers and emergency managers for Q&A after a showing of the Oregon Public Broadcasting and Oregon Field Guide documentary UNPREPARED.  Fort George Brewery donated the space and equipment to show the documentary.  ASCE Oregon would like to thank the guest panel including Jeff Harrington, Astoria City Engineer; Michael Summers, Clatsop County Public Works Director; Tiffany Brown, Clatsop County Emergency Manager; Cindy Moore, Engineer with City of Astoria; Bill Marczewski, Consultant Engineer and Pat Corcoran, OSU, Hazards Outreach.

ACEC/ASCE Oregon Legislative Preview Dinner

On December 7, 2016, 50-60 professionals turned out at Henry’s on 12th to hear the latest on the legislative efforts for transportation funding from Marshal Coba, ACEC lobbyist, Representative John Lively (D, Springfield), and Senator Brian Boquist (R, Dallas). There is ample interest in doing something significant, the debate seems to be over how significant and how to pay for it. With the failure of Measure 97 and a state budget crisis, there will be other competing revenue measures coming out. Senator Boquist indicated they will be reaching out to the various groups and entities that are active in supporting, and in opposing, transportation measures to see how willing they are to support or oppose.

ACEC’s Legislative Committee, and membership, is very engaged this year and will be launching an opinion poll effort soon. They will be organizing a Day at the Capitol event in March.

UNPREPARED Event in Bend

UNPREPARED Event in Bend

ASCE Oregon Section held its 3rd public event where we showed the Oregon Field Guide documentary about Oregon’s pending Mega-Quake Unprepared, followed by Q&A with an expert panel, and handed out informational fliers and emergency preparedness raffle prizes.