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Cascadia Earthquake: Live with It

What will a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake likely do, and how will it affect you and those you care about? What should you do before, during and after? We will discuss all this and more, including self-protection, the most important items to have in an emergency kit, tips for communicating with loved ones after an earthquake and suggestions for making your home safer.

Cascadia Earthquake
Live with IT

Taught by Jeff Rubin


Wednesdays || October 5th-26th || 7:00-9:00 pm
Multnomah Arts Center || 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.*
Four weeks, $129 || Space limited to 28 students.

What will a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake likely do, and how will it affect you and those you care about? What should you do before, during and after? We will discuss all this and more, including self-protection, the most important items to have in an emergency kit, tips for communicating with loved ones after an earthquake and suggestions for making your home safer.

* Thinking a carpool from the east side would be nice? Let us know--we'll connect you with other interested students.

Week 1: The Science of Earthquakes + What It Means to You
Understanding earthquakes, from the general to Oregon/Pacific NW specifics. What are the short- and long-term impacts? How can we mitigate damage? How does this relate to individuals, families and neighborhoods?

Week 2: The Human Side of Disasters
Assessing vulnerabilities at home and at work and how you + your family can equip yourselves. What are the myths + realities about  how people respond to disasters?

Week 3: Walking through an Earthquake
An in-class activity

Week 4: Tool Time
See examples of emergency kits + supplies. Share your earthquake preparedness plan and the steps you've taken.


Jeff Rubin is the Emergency Manager for Tualatin Valley Fire + Rescue and former Vice Chair of the Oregon Resilience Task Force. Jeff has a BS in Geology + Geophysics from Yale University and an MA and PhD in Geological Sciences from University of Texas at Austin.

Header photo courtesy of R.B. Colton