A major earthquake on the Oregon coast will have far reaching impact, including in Central Oregon. Join experts on the Cascadia subduction zone and in emergency services at The Tower Theatre at 7pm on October 29 for Shaken II: What the great Cascadia earthquake could mean to Central Oregon, a presentation exploring how a severe earthquake in the next 50 years will affect those living in and around Bend and Redmond.
Presenters include Scott Ashford, dean of the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, Sgt. Nathan Garibay, emergency service manager with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Lisa Stroup, executive director of the Oregon Mountain River Chapter of the American Red Cross.
A researcher in earthquake engineering, Ashford’s investigations focus on enhancing public safety and reducing potential economic loss worldwide from earthquake and coastal hazards. His latest efforts are targeted at improving the resilience of lifeline systems in the Pacific Northwest to better withstand attack from the Cascadia subduction zone.
Ashford earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from OSU and after working in private industry, earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He was named head of the OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering in 2007 and appointed dean in 2014.
As part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency requirement that government jurisdictions have plans for coordinated disaster response, Garibay coordinates efforts between government, nonprofit and private organizations, including training exercises to prepare for emergency scenarios.
The American Red Cross Oregon Mountain River Chapter is part of a nationwide network of nearly 600 chapters and blood collection sites across the nation. Stroup oversees 200 local volunteers and supports relief to victims of single family and community emergencies, national and international disasters, and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The chapter serves residents of Deschutes, Grant, Jefferson, Crook, Wheeler and Harney Counties and The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
Shaken II is free and includes an audience question and answer session. For tickets and information visit www.towertheatre.org or call 541-749-4195.