With a megathrust earthquake in the Pacific Northwest looming in the next 50 years, Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) has joined the governor, members of the healthcare industry, utilities, and universities, and other businesses and organizations to advocate for an a statewide investment of $7.5 million in ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system. 

The funding request, packaged in SB 1537, is accompanied by a comprehensive policy to address overall emergency preparedness related to a natural disaster including, a campaign to  ensure Oregonians have two weeks of supplies ready; safety assessments on high-risk dams for seismic updates and upgrades; and updates to Oregon’s resilience plan and coastal resilience plan. The overall package seeks a $12.7 million investment for implementation.