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ICDR Speaker Series #16 "Are Those Who Serve Also Prepared? Findings from the Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Survey"
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:00pm
ICDR Speaker Series #16 "Are Those Who Serve Also Prepared? Findings from the Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Survey"

<Location: PSU Urban Center, Parsons Gallery (2nd floor)>

The nonprofit sector plays a critical role in society. Nonprofits are essential to the well-being and vibrancy of our communities. They are also regarded as a “critical civic infrastructure” that is essential for the delivery of a range of social services that are key to the livelihoods of the young and elderly, the disabled, those suffering from debilitating illnesses, and those living in poverty within our communities. Nonprofits serve the most vulnerable and strive to fill gaps in our social service system. Not only do nonprofits complement government in the provision of social services, they often are contracted by government agencies to provide many critical public social services. So what happens when these organizations are thrust into a disrupted environment with greatly expanded roles during and after a disaster? How prepared are they to recover and respond in these roles and what level of assurance can we give to their response?

Recently PSU, in collaboration with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), released the Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Report. Developed through a participant survey conducted in collaboration with the City Club of Portland’s Earthquake Report Advocacy Committee (CCERAC) and the NAO, the report results are quite revealing regarding how concerned and informed nonprofit respondents are about potential hazards, what actions they have taken to prepare for disasters, as well as their perceived roles should a major disaster like the “Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) Event” occur.

Join us for an in-depth conversation on the survey results and an exchange of ideas on what steps need to be in place to a) remove barriers to disaster preparedness that nonprofits face, and b) ensure resourcing assistance needed for nonprofits to adequately prepare for major disasters.

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