Wind, snow, and ice brought in by a series of storms to Oregon last week that left thousands without power and caused many to reassess their plans in case of a major disaster.
"We’ve definitely been tested in Oregon over the last 12 months," said Andrew Phelps, the Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
Last year, the state responded to floods, deadly wildfires, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent winter weather has blocked roads, downed trees, and knocked out power to over 200,000 customers. These are the same issues we could expect to face in the event of a major earthquake, though on a much larger scale.