It's going to take HOW long???


(Nicole Montesano/N-R Reporter) The Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission presented a report to the state Legislature in February, titled “The Oregon Resilience Plan: Reducing risk and improving recovery for the next Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami.”

It presents a long-term plan for upgrading the state's currently highly-vulnerable infrastructure, to better withstand a major earthquake.

It also presents a timeline for recovery of services, under present conditions.

It estimates that, in the Willamette Valley, it will take one to three months to restore electrical services. Note to self; guess that can of Sterno I packed in the emergency kit isn't going to be enough.

For drinking water and sewage services, the estimate is one month to one year.

Partial restoration of top-priority highways: six months to a year.

The estimates for the coast are considerably worse.

A number of the instructors at this week's Federal Emergency Management course noted that rural residents tend to fare better than urban ones in major emergencies, because they tend to be more self-reliant.

It may be time to upgrade our individual self-reliance a tad.

A wood stove would be mighty nice – but actions don't have to be that drastic, or expensive. For example, rocket stoves, developed at the Aprovecho Research Station in Cottage Grove, for use in Third World countries, cost less than $100, don't require an upgrade of your homeowner's insurance, and use a tiny fraction of the wood. They burn twigs, and yet are astonishingly efficient. You can also build one yourself.

Some elementary awareness of fire safety is important here, naturally. Maybe along with a fire extinguisher.

But it's not a bad idea for everyone to spend some time thinking about just how they might manage an extended period without those oh-so-convenient modern services.

The FEMA course ended on Thursday, leaving local officials with a wealth of experiences and ideas to consider. Area residents might want to participate in the conversation.

Read the Oregon Resilience Plan executive summary online at http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/osspac/docs/Oregon_Resilience_Plan_draft_Executive_Summary.pdf.

Read more about Aprovecho, and its rocket stoves, at www.aprovecho.org.



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