It’s been more than 300 years since a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake shook Oregon. Scientists say we’re long overdue for another one, possibly as strong as a magnitude-9.0. Unfortunately, until recently, not much has been done in the way of earthquake preparedness in the region. But recent attention to the potential disaster waiting off the coast has sparked action by both the government and concerned individuals.

Oregon Public Broadcasting and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication hosted a forum on earthquake preparedness on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the White Stag Building in downtown Portland. The goal of the forum was to bring the community together with experts to better understand what we can all do to make sure we’re ready when the earthquake finally hits.