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We can be better prepared, and should be better prepared for earthquakes.
I am especially concerned about schools, both for the safety of our kids and teachers, but also as potential shelters for large numbers of people. I would like to try to help make our new and some existing schools more earthquake resistant, and able to function as emergency shelters.
I will keep an eye on things we can do to protect us better during and earthquake, and work with agencies, schools and other organizations to keep getting more ready. I will also seek out funds from other sources that will help us be more earthquake ready.
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My family and I went through the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake on January 17, 1994. My 7 month old son Will was in his crib. I ran and grabbed him, holding him in my arms in a doorway as our house swayed violently. There was no time to get outside. Afterwards, In my role as an architect, I went through several large buildings near the epicenter. 57 people perished in that quake, it caused billions of dollars in damage, including a freeway bridge that collapsed near our home.
As an architect I have designed many buildings to resist lateral earthquake forces. I designed 5 fire stations to withstand powerful earthquakes, and act as shelters for community members. Just last year, I researched the 8.7 - 9.2 magnitude Cascadia earthquake in 1700.
Fire 41, among 5 stations with full seismic strengthening and designed as emergency shelters
Deschutes Brew Pub - full seismic strengthening