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Mid-Willamette Valley Businesses Prepare for Cascadia Threat

Tuesday, September 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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SEDCOR Hosts Series to Help Employers Prepare for Disaster Recovery

Strategic Economic Development Corporation, the lead economic development organization for Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties, is pulling together businesses and emergency management agencies—county and state—to help the region’s employers improve their ability to recover from a disaster like the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake.

Business leaders engaged in the state’s disaster planning efforts have indicated that in a major disaster, interruptions of infrastructure lasting longer than two weeks will put their enterprises at risk. Experts expect some interruptions to last much longer...even up to 36 months or more. With that type of threat, businesses need to prepare their facilities, IT and data, and their valuable human resources now in order to survive a major catastrophe.

“This series emerged from a rising awareness that the region's employers need to come together on a plan to prepare—individually and collectively,” said Chad Freeman, SEDCOR President. “If the 'big one' brings the devastation the experts are talking about, then businesses will not only need to have a plan for their own recovery, but will also play a critical role in helping the community recover.” 

The series, titled "Cascadia: Oregon's Greatest Natural Threat" begins September 9 with an overview of the threat and call to action by Laurie Holien, Oregon Emergency Management Deputy Director and Ed Flick, Marion County Emergency Manager. 

September 9, 2015 from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. 
“Define the Hazard: A Call to Action”
lunch and presentation
Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem Ore.

December 9, 2015 from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. 
“Mobilize the Community: Mass Care and Shelter Services”
lunch and presentation
Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St SE, Salem Ore. 
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Blood Drive and Food Donations

March 9, 2016 from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. 
“Secure Our Lifelines”
lunch and presentation
Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem Ore.

Freeman praised SEDCOR’s partners, who have played a critical role in bringing resources together for the series. “No other group is pulling Mid-Willamette Valley businesses together for this level of preparedness,” said Freeman. “We could not possibly do something like this without our valued partners, Marion County and the City of Salem.”

SEDCOR is also building a section of its web page,, as an ongoing resource for businesses with links and downloads from the series.

Cost for each of the sessions is $18/SEDCOR member or $22.00/non-member. For more information and to register, visit and click on the “Events and Programs” button


Strategic Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development entity for Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. The 400-plus member nonprofit association leverages strong public and private partnerships to aggressively retain and attract high value jobs and capital investment to Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties of Oregon. 


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