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Statewide Seismic Needs Assessment Using Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) [Senate Bill 2 (2005)]

status report form Oregon Schools Seismic Status Reports

Final Screening Results:example SNAA reports

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News Release

Frequently Asked Questions

Final Report to the 74th Oregon Legislative Assembly - DOGAMI Open-File Report O-07-02 (23 MB PDF)

May 22, 2007, presentation to Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Ocean Policy (1.5 MB PDF)

RVS Scores and Site Summary Reports for hospitals, schools, police stations, etc.

• View site data and links to site summary reports:
» abridged spreadsheet (Excel file) | 427 KB PDF
» full spreadsheet (Excel file)

Download zipped KML file of site locations with links to site summary reports -- view using Google Earth | tell me more

Information Aids for
Understanding Site Summary Reports

Data field definitions 24 KB PDF for spreadsheets and site summary reports (Appendix I of Open-File Report O-07-02)

Building Irregularity Matrix 88 KB PDF (Appendix J of Open-File Report O-07-02)

Protocol for Rapid Visual Screening Fieldwork 968 KB PDF (Appendix K of Open-File Report O-07-02)

FEMA-154, 2002 Edition (web link)
FEMA 154, 2002 Edition 16 MB PDF (Appendix L of Open-File Report O-07-02)

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seismic project overview
seismic project partners
additional information
additional press

Seismic Project Overview
Oregon Senate Bill 2 (2005) directs DOGAMI, in consultation with project partners (see below), to develop a statewide seismic needs assessment that includes seismic safety surveys of K-12 public school buildings and community college buildings that have a capacity of 250 or more persons, hospital buildings with acute inpatient care facilities, fire stations, police stations, sheriffs' offices and other law enforcement agency buildings.

DOGAMI RVS screener compiles structural data for a school buildingThe statewide needs assessment consists of rapid visual screenings (RVS) of these buildings in accordance with FEMA-154, 2002 Edition, or an equivalent standard adopted by DOGAMI; information gathering to supplement RVS; and ranking of RVS results into risk categories. The results will be posted on a publicly accessible web site.

Senate Bill 2 (2005) provides the first step in a pre-disaster mitigation strategy that is further defined in Senate Bills 3-5 (2005). Senate Bill 3 (2005) directs the Oregon Emergency Management office to create a grant program for local communities. Senate Bills 4 (2005) and 5 (2005) direct the state treasurer to issue voter approved bonds. This flow chart (PDF) explains the relationship of Senate Bills 2-5 (2005). Altogether, $1.2 billion will be appropriated to improve seismic safety statewide. Note that grant funding for seismic rehabilitation is directly related to seismic needs assessment.

SB 1566 (2012) amended ORS 329.105 to require all school districts and education service districts to notice the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries of any construction of new school buildings or modification of an existing school building in a manner that may affect the seismic risk category of a school. View status reports here.

Seismic Project Partners   [top]
  • Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission
  • Oregon Office of Emergency Management
  • Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Oregon State Board of Education
  • Oregon State Board of Higher Education
  • any grant committee established pursuant to a statewide grant program for seismic rehabilitation

Additional Information   [top]

Portland Public Schools Facilities Seismic Assessment website

KPFF seismic report (Dec 7, 2009) (PDF)

Senate Bill 2 (2005)

- Oregon Revised Statute ORS 455.400 - describes the original legislation pertaining to the needs assessment and the grants program

- Emergency Managers Meeting Presentation: SB 2 Status Report - Seismic Needs Assessment (PDF)

- Oregon GO Bond Task Force: Promoting Earthquake Safety in Public Schools and Emergency Facilities: text | Powerpoint slides

Example Seismic Rehabilitation Projects on the PSU and OIT Campuses:
- Ondine Hall
- Montgomery Court
- Snell Hall

FEMA Earthquake Publications for Building Professionals and Engineers - Existing Buildings

Oregon at Risk - Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission 2000 publication

DOGAMI reports that contain soil surveys for counties --

  • O-01-05, Preliminary earthquake hazard and risk assessment and water-induced landslide hazard in Benton County, Oregon
  • O-03-09, Earthquake and landslide hazards in Clackamas County
  • IMS-20, Earthquake hazard maps and seismic risk assessment for Klamath County, Oregon
  • O-01-06, Preliminary seismic hazard and risk assessments in Tillamook County, Oregon

      DOGAMI reports that contain soil surveys for individual cities or other areas --

  • GMS-105, Relative earthquake hazard maps of the Salem East and Salem West quadrangles, Marion and Polk counties, Oregon
  • IMS-22, Hazard map of potential rapidly moving landslides in western Oregon.
  • IMS-19, Relative EQ hazard map of Klamath Falls area.
  • IMS-18, EQ-induced slope instability: Relative hazard map, E. portion of Eola Hills, Polk Co., Oregon.
  • IMS-17, EQ-induced slope instability: Relative hazard map, W. portion of Salem Hills, Marion Co., Oregon.
  • IMS-16, EQ scenario & probabilistic ground shaking maps for Portland, Oregon, area.
  • IMS-15, EQ scenario map for Portland, Oregon, metro area.
  • IMS-14, Relative EQ hazard map of Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area.
  • IMS-10, Relative EQ hazard maps for Astoria- Warrenton, Brookings, Coquille, Florence- Dunes City, Lincoln City, Newport, Reedsport- Winchester Bay, Seaside-Gearhart-Cannon Beach, & Tillamook.
  • IMS-9, Relative EQ hazard maps for Cottage Grove, Sutherlin-Oakland, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Ashland.
  • IMS-8, Relative EQ hazard maps for Canby-Barlow-Aurora, Woodburn- Hubbard, Silverton-Mt. Angel, Stayton-Sublimity-Aumsville, Lebanon, Sweet Home.
  • IMS-7, Relative EQ hazard maps for St. Helens-Columbia City-Scappoose, Sandy, Hood River, McMinnville-Dayton-Lafayette, Newberg-Dundee, Sheridan-Willamina, Dallas, Monmouth-Independence.

DOGAMI RVS survey completed 2002: Open-File Report O-04-16

Additional Press   [top]
- April 2011 - Oregon Emergency Management announces Seismic Grants - Round 2 Awards
- "New Earthquake Safety Laws: Oregon's Public Schools and Emergency Facilities" - AEG News March 2006 article
- "State examines earthquake safety" - Statesman Journal 7-26-06 article

- "Oregon's Recipe for Mitigating Earthquakes" - Geotimes August 2006 article
- "Rapid Visual Screening Program in Oregon" - EERI Newsletter August 2006 article
- "A Year After Katrina: What Have We Learned" - NWPPA Bulletin August 2006 article
- "Bracing for the Big One" - Daily Journal of Commerce 8-16-06 article

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