Gov. Brown pushes new bill, declares earthquake preparedness week

Gov. Brown. KPTV photo.

SALEM, OR (KPTV) – Oregon now has an official week to dedicate to earthquake preparedness.

On Monday, Gov. Kate Brown declared Jan. 26 through Feb. 1 as Cascadia Earthquake Preparedness week.

The move comes as Brown is introducing a bill focusing on earthquake resiliency. It also coincides with an important anniversary in the Pacific Northwest.

On Jan. 26, 1700, the last major Cascadia quake hit, estimated at over a 9.0 magnitude. The quake caused the entire coastline to drop several feet and generated a massive tsunami.

Speaking at the 

University of Oregon Portland on Monday, Brown said if a quake like that were to strike again, Oregonians would be without essential services for weeks or months. That’s why she is proposing a $12.7 million investment to enhance public safety and disaster preparedness during the 2020 short legislative session.

Browns says a crucial part of that plan is bringing the ShakeAlert early warning system to Oregon.

“Oregon is the only state on the West Coast that has not implemented the ShakeAlert system, and that need to change, and that needs to change this legislative session,” Brown said. “It will give us time to mitigate damage to important system such as drinking water, energy, waste water systems, but most importantly, ShakeAlert will save lives.”

Brown’s plan also includes funding for 2 Weeks Ready Oregon, a campaign to prepare families for a big quake.

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(4) comments


Perfectly said. The world could end tomorrow. How many Tax dollars are we going to waste to protect us from that? No one really knows when, and if an Earthquake or any other natural disaster may strike. What happens will happen, then we deal with it. Kate, quit predicting what is going to happen and take care of the problems that are here NOW. Kate, you think you are God but you are not. Far from it.


As they say, even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut. Finally, something of value coming from our failure of a governess.

Double lung em

wow, that's great Kate! How bout working on getting all the homeless of the streets and into Wapiti.

Frederick Fukov

This person is a train wreck..THE worst political leader this state has every experienced. Spends her time grandstanding on things humans have no control over, while ignoring all kinds of real, tangible issues that could be addressed. You bet Kate..cap and trade and earthquake resiliency..two extremely pressing matters. Wow..

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