Grounded Podcast: Fueling Oregon in a Post-Cascadia World

The Cascadia Subduction Zone runs 700 miles along the Pacific Northwest coast – from northern California up to Vancouver Island. The Juan de Fuca plate is shoved up against the North American tectonic plate – eventually, the plates will give way, and North America will spring back with an earthquake anywhere from an 8.0 on the richter scale to higher than a 9… it’s known as a megathrust earthquake.

Oregon Fuel Action Plan.pngWhen – not if – the Pacific Northwest is hit with a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, we want to be as ready as possible. That’s why the Oregon Department of Energy is working with fellow state agencies, utilities, and communities to boost the state’s resiliency – a term used to measure how quickly services can withstand and bounce back after an emergency.

In our latest episode of Grounded, Oregon Department of Energy Emergency Preparedness Manager Deanna Henry talks to us about Oregon’s Fuel Action Plan – and the steps we have in place to get much-needed fuel into the state for emergency responders and other essential services in a post-Cascadia Subduction Zone world.

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3 thoughts on “Grounded Podcast: Fueling Oregon in a Post-Cascadia World

    • Great question, Ryan! The Oregon Department of Energy is just one of the responding state agencies in an emergency. Multiple agencies and jurisdictions will join together to get Oregon back up and running. If you look in our Fuel Action Plan on pages 7-8, you’ll see a pretty comprehensive list of emergency areas and the agencies assigned to those areas (http://www.oregon.gov/energy/facilities-safety/safety/Documents/Oregon-Fuel-Action-Plan.pdf).

      Specific to your questions, clean water will be addressed by ODOT and other public works organizations, as well as Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Department of Human Services. Natural gas and electricity are assigned to the Oregon Public Utilities Commission.

      Local cities and municipalities will also be working hard to restore critical services after an emergency. You might check your local emergency management office to see plans near you.

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