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Forum and expo address critical 2-week period following disaster

Wednesday, November 25, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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Experts agree that a major quake could keep 25,000 commuters in this region from getting home for two weeks due to road and bridge damage. Strategic Economic Development Corporation, the lead economic development organization for Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties, is pulling together businesses and emergency management agencies to help the region’s employers face this issue head-on.


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" began 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.  The remaining sessions will help businesses learn how public sector entities are preparing and understand what businesses can do to help recovery efforts in their communities.


December 9, 2015 from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

“When the Shaking Stops: The 336-Hour Challenge”
Lunch presentation and expo

Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St SE, Salem Ore.

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Expo and Food Donations

This event will feature hands-on displays and exhibits of emergency kits, freeze dried foods, water storage and purification systems, temporary shelters and power, medical reserve and communications systems, and more. Open to the public, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Marion-Polk Food Share.


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, the City of Salem, American Red Cross and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.”


SEDCOR has developed a “Cascadia Threat” section of its web site,, as an ongoing resource for businesses. The section will provide links and downloads from the series.


Cost is $20 per session, including lunch. For details and to register, click here.


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