In the event of a massive earthquake here in Oregon, how would you respond to road closures and failing infrastructure?
One group in Portland has been preparing for an event like this for years using an everyday tool of transportation: the bicycle.
Scores of cyclists and their families competed in this year’s Disaster Relief Trials (DRT), racing one another on cargo bikes to deliver “supplies” while navigating a number of disaster-themed obstacles that mimicked what might occur in a real disaster scenario.

The event was founded to train bicyclists to be able to respond to disasters in the event that cars are unable to access bridges and roads.

Produced by: Jonathan Bach, Judy Holtz, Maebelyn Nasmyth, Gabi da Silva, Kylie Juggert, and Hannah Bonnie.
Music: “Joke” by Jahzzar

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Ever since The New Yorker dropped its blockbuster story about the frightening implications of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, Oregonians have been asking questions about how to prepare for “the very big one.” On Tuesday, November 17, in front of…


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Ever since The New Yorker dropped its blockbuster story about the frightening implications of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, Oregonians have been asking questions about how to prepare for “the very big one.” On Tuesday, November 17, in front of a full house at the White Stag Block, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) helped provide some answers.

The SOJC’s “Don’t Wait for the Quake” event, hosted in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and streamed live online and over the radio, convened a timely conversation about earthquake preparedness in Oregon. Just four months ago, Kathryn Schulz’s feature for The New Yorker helped raise public awareness about the likelihood that a catastrophic earthquake will soon rattle the Pacific Northwest. Despite that sobering news, many Oregonians remain woefully underprepared.

As a catalyst for conversation, the forum featured four videos produced by SOJC undergraduate students, each with its own angle on earthquake preparedness and recovery. During each screening, audience members used the engagement platform Harvis to share their emotional responses in real time and to answer questions posed by the moderators.

The live-stream of the event can be watched here: opb.org/news/article/dont-wait-for-the-megaquake/

Original story by Ben DeJarnette: journalism.uoregon.edu/news/sojc-hosts-dont-wait-for-the-quake-forum-in-pdx/

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