Earthquake playbook to avoid ‘punch in the face’


SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Gov. Kate Brown unveiled the updated playbook the state will use in the event of a massive earthquake to help coordinate emergency agencies.

“Everybody has a plan until you get punched in the face,” said Andrew Phelps, the director of Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management. “During an emergency you get punched in the face over and over again. That’s what we’re trying to avoid in this process.”

Phelps was at a press conference in Salem with the governor as she released the updated plan.

“Our reliance on first responders like the National Guard will be unprecedented,” Brown said as she laid out the assignments for the state’s 18 emergency agencies. “It provides a checklist of immediate actions required by our emergency support function team experts.”

She described the Cascadia Playbook as a simplified guide for the state to follow if and when the earthquake hits.

Phelps said officials have never seen a plan anywhere that does what this plan does, and puts Oregon firmly in the forefront for disaster preparedness in the country.

“It’s delineating some of those responsibilities and make sure we know who to tap on the shoulder and find solutions to those problems,” he said.

Oregon's Cascadia Playbook, a plan for earthquake preparedness, Sept. 15, 2015 (KOIN)

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