GEOSCIENCE AND SEISMIC RESILIENCE IN OREGON
Oregon has turned to geoscience for guidance on seismic hazards and mitigation over the years, even specifying science-based policy in statute, but this decade has seen an intentional solicitation of geoscience and engineering input for policy decisions on seismic resilience. The Oregon Legislature established the Oregon Resilience Plan (ORP), completed in February 2013, to “make recommendations on policy direction to protect lives and keep commerce flowing during and after a Cascadia (megathrust) earthquake and tsunami.” The legislature established another ad hoc group, the Oregon Resilience Task Force, charged with recommending a focused list of priorities to implement the ORP, with a final report in October 2014 and actions starting by early 2015. Recommendations are based on the best available science, but science and ad hoc advisory groups are in themselves insufficient to establish meaningful processes toward resilience. Maintaining engagement is critical; the next few years should indicate how sustainable the results are likely to be.