Hazards in Oregon
  From Oregon Health Authority


 Surviving an earthquake and reducing its health impact requires preparation, planning, and practice. Learning what actions to take can help you and your family stay safe and healthy in the event of an earthquake.


Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Learn simple steps you can take today to protect the health and safety of you and your family.


Landslides can occur quickly, often with little notice. The best way to prepare is to stay informed about changes in and around your home that could signal a landslide is likely to occur.


Every fall and winter, windstorms cause extensive damage in the Pacific Northwest. By taking action now, you can save lives and reduce the damage from windstorms.

 Winter Storms

Although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted far in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several days’ notice. Learn what you can do in case of bad winter weather.

 Extreme Heat

A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat, and is often accompanied by high humidity. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening if you don't take the proper precautions.


During a drought, rainfall levels or other precipitation types are lower than average for an extended period, resulting in an inadequate water supply. Learn more about droughts.


Wildfires occur every year in Oregon and create dangerous conditions for people, pets and property. Learn what you can do today to be prepared.


Learn how you can protect yourself, your family and your property from the effects of a tsunami.


We know that the technology to make weapons out of disease-spreading organisms and toxins is potentially available to people who might be willing to use it. Learn actions you can take to prepare and respond to bioterrorism.


Disasters are likely to occur with little warning. Does your business have an emergency kit, an IT plan to protect important data and plans for the possibility that in case of a disaster employees may not be able to report to work - or may not be able to leave the work site? 

Following are links to help you be better prepared.

All Risks:  

Clackamas County Emergency Management


Prepare My Business

FEMA Emergency Response Plan for Business

FEMA Business Continuity Planning Suite - free download

Red Cross Ready Rating

Preparedness 101 - Oregon Health Authority

Emergency Kit Checklist

Insurance and Business Emergency Planning from InsuranceLinked.com

Earthquake or Volcano:

Living on Shaky Ground - Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness in Oregon

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety from Earthquake Country Alliance

Preparing for a Volcanic Eruption - CDC

Volcanic Ash: Effects and Mitigation Strategies - USGS

Earthquake Safety Guide - Areavibes.com


Center for Disease Control Flood Central - before and after the Flood

OSHA Flood Preparedness and Response


Landslides and Debris Flows - Really Ready America

Landslides and Mudslides - CDC


Severe Windstorm Checklist from FM Global

Winter Storms:

Winter Weather - United States Department of Labor

Extreme Heat:

Heat Stress - CDC


Severe Drought - EPA


U. S. Fire Administration - Wildfire... Are You Prepared?

Bioterrorism and Chemical Emergencies

Preparation and Planning for Bioterrorism Emergencies - CDC

Chemical Emergencies - CDC


Insurance and Business Emergency Planning from InsuranceLinked.com



www.ready.gov - Business Continuity Plan

Business Continuity Planning Process Diagram

Business Continuity Planning Process Diagram - Text Version

When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential. Development of a business continuity plan includes four steps:

  • Conduct a business impact analysis to identify time-sensitive or critical business functions and processes and the resources that support them.
  • Identify, document, and implement to recover critical business functions and processes.
  • Organize a business continuity team and compile a business continuity plan to manage a business disruption.
  • Conduct training for the business continuity team and testing and exercises to evaluate recovery strategies and the plan.

Information technology (IT) includes many components such as networks, servers, desktop and laptop computers and wireless devices. The ability to run both office productivity and enterprise software is critical. Therefore, recovery strategies for information technology should be developed so technology can be restored in time to meet the needs of the business. Manual workarounds should be part of the IT plan so business can continue while computer systems are being restored.