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Unprepared: An Oregon Field Guide Special

Oregon Field Guide spent a year-and-a-half probing into the state of Oregon's preparedness, and found that when it comes to bridges, schools, hospitals, building codes and energy infrastructure, Oregon lags far behind many quake-prone regions of the country.


Oregon Field Guide is OPB’s long-running local weekly TV series covering natural resources, ecological issues, outdoor recreation and travel destinations across the Northwest region.

Join us Thursday, October 1st at 8:00 PM on OPB when Oregon Field Guide will launch it's new season. The premiere episode of Season 27 - Unprepared - probes into the realities of Oregon's readiness for a major earthquake. The full episode can be streamed online.

This special is part of OPB’s ongoing news series “Unprepared,” launched earlier this year online, on OPB Radio and on social media at #UnpreparedNW has featured a rich collection of in-depth reporting, video and resources about the Cascadia megaquake and how to prepare. 



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Unprepared: An Oregon Field Guide Special

October 12, 9 p.m. [OPB TV]

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Unprepared: An Oregon Field Guide Special

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Oregon Field Guide's special presentation - Unprepared - takes an in-depth look at Oregon's lack of preparedness for a major earthquake.

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OPB | March 20, 2015

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Major Support Provided By: Dorothy D. Gage

Additional Support Provided By: the Coit Family Foundation, Fred and Clara Dolen Charitable Foundation, Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird, Christine and David Vernier, and the Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by: The Roundhouse Foundation, Jon and Nancy Decherd, Bonnie and Peter Reagan