CEE Students Host Earthquake Preparedness Event
Author: CEE Dept
Posted: April 29, 2019

On April 1st 2019, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute PSU (EERI PSU) chapter hosted the second annual Earthquake Preparedness event along with the American Society of Civil Engineers PSU chapter, iTE/Step, AEG, and Coriba. This event was created to provide earthquake preparedness resources to the Portland-Metro community, and connect the public with local engineers, geologists, and public officials working towards resiliency. The event had 220 attendees, including many community members, PSU students, and local professionals. The keynote speaker was Bruce Johnson, State Bridge Engineer for ODOT, who gave a great presentation about the Pacific Northwest’s vulnerability to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake event, and ODOT’s efforts towards resilience. The key presentation was followed by a panelist discussion and audience Q&A. Among the panelists were Laura Hanson representing the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO), Alex Ubiadas from Trimet, Justin Ross from Multnomah County Emergency Management (MCEM), Dr. Haizhong Wang from OSU’s Transportation Engineering department, Dr. Ashley Streig from PSU Geology, Emily Tritsch from Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Emma Stocker from PSU Emergency management.

The Q&A was followed a poster presentation of PSU earthquake research done by PSU’s Civil Engineering graduate students, and the Geology department’s undergraduate students. The attendees were encouraged to visit with the many tabling organizations, including NW Natural, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Portland Water Bureau (PWB), seismic retrofitting contractors, and earthquake kit vendors. Based on feedback from attendees, the public was impressed that the event was organized by PSU students, and grateful to have such an event available to learn from. Students interested in leading next year’s event should contact Melissa Preciado (EERI PSU Chapter President) at

This event was possible with the help of the Civil Engineering Department, College of Urban and Public Affairs, and the Geology department.