Preparedness Expos in May


Hello fellow preparedness friends.  It seems May is the month to put on emergency preparedness expos.  There are three that I am aware of.  Below is information about the Mt. Hood Preparedness Expo the first Friday and Saturday of May.

On April 25 and May 1st, I will have two more posts about upcoming Expos, so keep a watch out for those.  I am going to do my best to attend as many as I can.  I know I will be at the Mt. Hood Expo, there is a big one in downtown Portland in the middle of the month.  If you would like to meet up and chat just shoot me an email at


The following information comes from Mt. Hood Preparedness website:

Mt Hood Emergency Preparedness Expo

Friday May 2, 2014 11:30 AM to 7 PM
Saturday May 3, 2014 9:30 AM to 6 PM


Keynote Speaker Dr. Scott Burns May 3rd @ 2:00 p.m.

“Dr. Burns received his BS and MS degrees from Stanford and PhD from the University of Colorado. Scott is a Professor of Geology at Portland State University where he specializes in engineering and environmental geology, soils, geomorphology, Quaternary Geology and terroir. He has also taught at the university level in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana. An author or co-author of two books, over 80 articles, and over 200 published abstracts…”

This FREE two-day event hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will feature presentations and hands-on demonstrations for things like:

        • creating a personal plan for emergency evacuation
        • basic first aid
        • water purification
        • cooking without electricity
        • emergency communications
        • food storage
        • protecting your personal documents
        • creating a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit
        • financial planning and emergency funds
        • raising chickens, making soap, canning and other preparedness skills
        • gardening, and MUCH MORE.



Volcanoes, including Mt. Hood, can go from dormant to active in a few months



Click on the photo for a great history of Mt. Hood.  This article goes out to all the people of the town of Sandy, Oregon.

Via:  Science Daily

Date:February 16, 2014

Source:Oregon State University

Summary:  A new study suggests that the magma sitting 4-5 kilometers beneath the surface of Oregon’s Mount Hood has been stored in near-solid conditions for thousands of years, but that the time it takes to liquefy and potentially erupt is surprisingly short — perhaps as little as a couple of months.


A new study suggests that the magma sitting 4-5 kilometers beneath the surface of Oregon’s Mount Hood has been stored in near-solid conditions for thousands of years, but that the time it takes to liquefy and potentially erupt is surprisingly short — perhaps as little as a couple of months. Continue reading

What is Community Resilience?



This informaton comes directly from:      Speaking The Unspeakable                

We live with many uncertainties; the snow and ice are great reminders of this. Earthquakes, the economy, water supply, as well as climate change all set the stage for an unpredictable future. Preparedness and Resilience become key attributes in times such as these. Community and collective co-empowerment become essential.

Do you have a plan?
How prepared are you?
Do you know your neighbors?
What resources are available?
How will you and your family fare?

Come for an interactive evening where we will open an Unspeakable dialogue to get to the heart of Emergency Preparedness and Community Resilience.

This evening will have something to offer everyone from those who have barely thought of preparedness to those who have been planning for years and are interested in community building.

The evening will include short presentations followed by highly interactive components offering opportunities to start an emergency plan, troubleshoot existing plans, build community connections and develop resilience strategies.

There is no silver bullet solution for the unexpected, yet with proper planning, adequate preparations, community building and resilience training, we can come together to make the best and the most of challenging circumstances.

Join us for the 1st StU Salon: Community Resilience for Uncertain Times!
(note: each month will be a different unspeakable topic)

Sunday March 2nd

Healing Arts Education Center
2714 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR

$11-22 reciprocity requested

Monies received cover expenses as well as supporting local non-profits working in the topic area

Alternative contributions can be made, please contact Amanda directly to discuss


Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake is 314 yrs old



January 26th 1700 was the date of the Cascadia Earthquake. It will come again, with every year that passes increases the odds of it striking.  Are you mental and physical prepared?

The Cascadia subduction zone (also referred to as the Cascadia fault) is a subduction zone, a type of convergent plate boundary that stretches from northern Vancouver Island to northern California. It is a very long sloping fault that separates the Juan de Fuca and North America plates.   Wikipedia

Evidence supporting the date:

Evidence supporting the occurrence of the 1700 earthquake has been gathered into the 2005 book The Orphan Tsunami of 1700, by geologist Brian Atwater and others.

The evidence suggests that it took place at about 21:00 on January 26, 1700 (NS). Although there were no written records in the region at the time, the earthquake’s precise time is nevertheless known from Japanese records of a tsunami that has not been tied to any other Pacific Rim earthquake. The most important clue linking the tsunami in Japan and the earthquake in the Pacific Northwest comes from studies of tree rings (dendrochronology), which show that red cedar trees killed by lowering of coastal forests into the tidal zone by the earthquake have outermost growth rings that formed in 1699, the last growing season before the tsunami. Local Indigenous American oral traditions describing a large quake also exist, although these do not specify the date.[4] There are many areas in the Pacific Northwest with drowned groves of trees that also show evidence of the earthquake.[5]  


My articles about Cascadia:

Click here for a series of articles and podcasts about Cascadia quake:

I wrote a 6 part series based off the Oregon Resilience Report about the mega quake. The Oregon Resilience Report is the best professional analysis of what to expect WHEN the event happens. The report is 200 plus pages long, so I wrote about certain parts I thought people will be interested in.

Videos about the Cascadia Earthquake:

Cascadia Subduction Zone Quake   

Cascadia rupture series 2012 

MegaQuake Could Hit North America – BBC (Full Documentary)