Cascadia Subduction Zone Preparedness Summit

February 2015 Summit Summary


Bonneville Power Administration
Rates Hearing Room
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97232


  • Gain common understanding of the risk and preparedness level of the electric utility sector in the PNW for a CSZ event.
  • Emerge with plans to meet in smaller groups of common interest to move collective planning and preparedness activities forward.


Related Documents
Hospital/Water System/Transportation Risk Report
State of Oregon Recovery Plan
Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise Scenario
WA Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)
WA CEMP Catastrophic Incident Annex (11/2013)
Earthquake Risk Study for Oregon’s Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub
Oregon Resilience Plan
Vertical irregularity and plan irregularity guidelines for screeners
Data fields in the DOGAMI spreadsheet
Report for the Legislature. Table 8 on page 27 includes the pre-code and post-benchmark years we adopted for this project
Cascadia Newsletter on earthquakes, 2010
Checklist of the Initial Damage Assessment Process for Public Assistance
Electric Utility Repair – FEMA DAP9580 6
Fact Sheet – Public Assistance Feb 2014
Mutual Aid Agreements for Public Assistance and Fire Management Assistance
Public Assistance Program Interim Guidance on 2 CFR Part 200
Public Infrastructure Guidelines Quick Reference Categories 2015
State of Oregon Recovery Plan
Oregon Emergency Operations Plan
Washington Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
Washington Emergency Operations Plan
Washington State: Energy Sector Specific Plan for CIP
Oregon Cascadia Subduction Zone Operations Plan
Open-File Report O-13-22, Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes: a magnitude 9.0 earthquake scenario (2013 update)
The Oregon Resilience Plan
Resilient Washington State – A Framework for Minimizing Loss and Improving Statewide Recovery after an Earthquake November 2012
Vulnerability Assessment Methodology
Impacts of Potential Seismic Landslides on Lifeline Corridors, Final Report, SPR 740, Oregon Department of Transportation

Meeting Documents
The Threat – Panel
Overview – Peter Zwingli, BPA Business Continuity
Why is the PNW Specifically Threatened – Allison Pyrch – Senior Project Geotechnical Engineer, HartCrowser
Subduction Zone Quake Recent Electric Utility Experience – Leon Kempner – BPA Structural Engineer

The Impact, General – Panel
Regional Impact Perspective – Patrick Massey, Federal Preparedness Coordinator, FEMA Region 10
Oregon Critical Infrastructure Impact – Yumei Wang, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
Oregon Transportation System Impacts – Jeff Bowyer, Oregon Department of Transportation
Washington Energy Sector Impact – Mark Anderson, Sr. Energy Policy Specialist, Washington State Department of
Commerce, IPP Division – State Energy Office

The Impact, Power System – Panel
PNW Hydro Generation – Donald Faulkner, Hydropower Coordinator, Reservoir Control Center, U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (USACE) Northwestern Division
Physical impacts to the Electric System – Leon Kempner
Grid Impacts – Pacific Northwest – James Wong, Electrical Engineer, BPA
Grid Impacts – Beyond the PNW – Scott Downey, Operations Strategic Advisor, Peak Reliability

Lessons Learned – Panel
Carlton Complex Fires – Eric Carter, Customer Account Executive, BPA

Planning & Preparedness – Panel
FEMA for the Region – Justin Craven, Emergency Planning Specialist, FEMA Region X
Public Assistance Programs – Julie Slevin, State Public Assistance Officer, Oregon Emergency Mgmt
Oregon State – Matt Marheine, Manager, Operations and Preparedness Section, Oregon Emergency Management
Washington State – James Hutchinson, Catastrophic Incident Planning, Washington Emergency Management Division
US Army Corps of Engineers – John Leighow, Chief, Readiness and Contingency Operations (RCO), Northwestern Division, USACE

BPA Preparation – Panel
Seismic Mitigation – Leon Kempner
System Restoration – Daniel Goodrich, Electrical Engineer, BPA