Go Stay Kit



Today we finish the 8 part series to the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and possible personal solutions.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Steve Wood from Go Stay Kit.  A great product to help every family on their way to completing their emergency plan. 

Different ways to connect with Go Stay Kit




If you have an idea or know someone that could help promote this product PLEASE contact Steve.  This is an American product made here in Oregon. I would love to see it succeeded, wouldn’t you? steve@nullgostaykit.com

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Disaster Song by Mc Frontalot

We Are the Ones, We Have Been Waiting For!


Stronger community

Running Time: 1 Hour 11 minutes


·Lower your debt. Less debt means more freedom

Teach yourself gardening and your children.

Strengthen your mind and spirit—it’s the best tool you have.

What roll would you play if technology was gone tomorrow? Protector, Healer, Tracker, so on

Get in shape—I struggled with this until I created my garden. Find a buddy, walking group (meetup.com)

Know the benefits of “weeds”. Dandelions, chickweed, so on

Eating Dandelions

Check out my calender for weed classes from John Kallas

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After the Cascadia Event



running time:  One hr and two min.

Today we go over what some of my thoughts are regarding what to do AFTER the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake.  I am coming from the angle of an unaware neighborhood (which is most of them).   What immediate objectives do we need to get setup to increase are odds of survival.  This is NOT a complete list by any means.  Think of it as a brain storm to help get you started.

Please think about joining CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) or NET for Portland.  IT IS THE BEST GOVERNMENT/CIVIC PROGRAM YOU CAN ATTEND!!  They cover Medical, Search /Rescue, Triage, and Psychology.

NET Resource

Free FEMA training Online

Disposal of Waste 

Get Prepared with Your Neighbors  

Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup              

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Cascadia Earthquake Part 5: Roads, Energy and Water



Today is the final chapter for my anaylsis. Next week I will bring you an interview, and several podcasts of ideas we can do in the community.

Click here for Part 1: Introduction, maps and fuel

Click here for Part 2: Timelines, Japan, food and Bridges Click here for

Click here for Part 3: Coastal Communities and Critical Buildings

Click here for Part 4: Land, Sea and Air

Click here for the Oregon Resilience Report.The page numbers are the electric (vs. print out) number and not the true page numbers.

Local Roads and Streets

“In addition to local roads and streets, Oregon has thousands of miles of forest roads, and it may be possible to use these for low-volume, temporary local detours in the event of a major disaster. Many of these forest roads are privately owned and will also be subject to significant damage in a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. Nonetheless, such local-road detours will likely serve emergency responders, repair crews, and vehicles transporting food and other critical supplies, and will therefore play an important role as recovery efforts progress and a minimum level of service is restored.” Pg156

Chart of when they would like to be up and running. Page 157

“Analysis suggests that the longer the state delays increasing its investment in bridge and slope strengthening, the greater the cost and potential adverse effects an earthquake will have on the state’s economy. If risks related to bridges and slopes are left unaddressed, the odds grow every day that we will be unprepared for an increasingly likely major earthquake.” pg162

“Several other proposed local alternative routes are included in the Local Agency Alternatives to State Highway Lifeline Routes, a supplement to this Report. These routes will be studied at a later time as possible alternatives to state highway lifeline routes.”      Pg 172


Oregon’s critical energy infrastructure hub (CEI Hub) covers a six-mile stretch on the lower Willamette River between the southern tip of Sauvie Island and the Fremont Bridge on U.S. Highway 30. This relatively small area in Portland is the site of liquid fuel, natural gas, and electrical infrastructure and facilities; it is also an area with significant seismic hazard. The energy sector facilities in the CEI Hub include:

• All of Oregon’s major liquid fuel port terminals.

• Liquid fuel transmission pipelines and transfer stations.

• Natural gas transmission pipelines.

• A liquefied natural gas storage facility.

• High voltage electric substations and transmission lines.

• Electrical substations for local distribution.

More than 90 percent of Oregon’s refined petroleum products come from the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Oregon imports the liquid fuel by pipeline and marine vessels; it passes through the CEI Hub before it is distributed throughout Oregon to the end users. (One large consumer is the Portland International Airport.) In addition, a portion of the state’s natural gas fuel supply passes through the CEI Hub; and a high voltage electrical transmission corridor both crosses the area and supplies power to it. pg180

The liquid fuel pipeline was largely constructed in the 1960s when the regional seismic hazards were unknown and state-of-practice construction techniques did not include any reference to seismic standards. The regional seismic hazards are now known to be significant, and the soils at the river crossings are known to be susceptible to liquefaction and lateral spreading. The 1960s vintage pipeline design did not consider ground movements from lateral spreading at river crossings or other earthquake-induced stresses on the pipelines that may cause damage and multiple breaks. A break in the pipe would have a significant impact on all of the petrochemical facilities in the CEI Hub and could result in a statewide fuel shortage.pg184 Continue reading

Cascadia Earthquake: Part 4 Land, Sea and Air



The next one hundred pages will be in article form.  I will draw out the important parts, and may comment of a few. 

Click here for the Oregon Resilience Plan

The page numbers are the electric (vs. print out) number and not the true page numbers.


  •  Our knowledge of the locations of faults and the geological history of major events in Oregon is      very recent. Although Oregon has low seismicity in comparison to California and Washington, there is potential for less frequent—but much larger and more damaging—earthquakes than the crustal earthquakes that have occurred regularly in those states. Oregon has not yet seen the effect of a large damaging earthquake, and ODOT has so far expended minimal resources on  seismic retrofitting. As a result, much of Oregon’s highway system will not be usable immediately after a major seismic event. Pg 125

 Great photos of bridge damage on pages 127 through 130

The World has Not Seen

“Oregon, or even the entire nation, has never witnessed a disaster of this magnitude in modern history; therefore, we can only speculate about how this event will impact Oregonians.

 “There will not be enough firefighters to assist every household or business, nor enough medical staff to help every injured person, nor enough police officers to go door to door reminding people to be calm and quickly move to higher ground to avoid the oncoming tsunami.” Page 130 Continue reading