ASCE Oregon Hosts 4th UNPREPARED seismic awareness event

On November 7th, ASCE Oregon hosted over 100 citizens in the Ashland area for a showing of the OPB/Oregon Field Guide Unprepared documentary about Oregon’s readiness for a M9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone seismic event. Local engineering and emergency management leaders volunteered their evening to participate in our Q&A panel of experts as well as providing informational materials to the attendees. Emergency readiness raffle prizes were given out after the robust hour-long Q&A session. Attendees were very appreciative of the documentary viewing and the informational discussion provided.

We thank TC Chevrolet and Live at the Armory for providing the use of the historic Ashland Armory facility for the event.

We also thank our many local volunteers: Terri Eubanks, Ashland CERT; Sara Rubrecht, Jackson County Emergency Manager; Alex Georgevitch, Medford City Engineer; Pete Castro, ODOT R3 Geotechnical Engineer; Bob Grubbs, ODOT R3 Bridge Engineer; Jenny Hall, Josephine County Emergency Manager; John Vial, Jackson County Public Works Director; Chuck DeJanvier, Josephine County Engineer; Pieter Smeenk, Ashland Water Bureau Engineer.

Allison Pyrch, Oregon Section President Elect, coordinated the event and joined the expert panel for Q&A; Mark Libby, Oregon Section Past President, MC’d the event; Larry Magura, Oregon Section and Region 8 Governor, and Mikal Mitchell, Capital Branch, helped facilitate the raffle drawings, setup and tear down.