PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Gov. Kate Brown released her plan Tuesday morning to prepare Oregon for the “Big One.”
An earthquake is expected on the Cascadia Subduction Zone and could reach a magnitude of 9.0 or greater — creating a tsunami that would devastate the Oregon coast.
Gov. Brown’s vision is to prepare all Oregonians to survive and recover from the expected Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.
“When the next Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake strikes the Pacific Northwest, Oregon will face the greatest challenge of our lifetimes,” Brown said. “Oregon’s buildings, transportation network, utilities and population are not ready for such an event, and we must accelerate our preparations. My priority is to get Oregonians ready to survive while ensuring our state government and economy are able to weather such a devastating event.”
Gov. Brown’s plan includes:
Making sure 250,000 vulnerable homes in Oregon have 2-weeks of supplies by 2021
Activating a statewide earthquake early warning system by 2023
Make more investments in seismic upgrades of schools and emergency services buildings throughout Oregon