Hello out there. This blog will encompass a variety of themes centered on living in Portland, Oregon and embracing life between the volcano and the fault line. I’m an emergency manager and risk communicator, putting professional policy into personal practice. How does this sense of place that has been so transformed by earthquakes, tsunami, eruptions and flood inform us all in our daily lives and help us appreciate what we have? Let’s explore this together.
I'm a local emergency manager in the Portland metro area and primarily work in the aspects of disaster resilience, hazard mitigation, and recovery planning. I am especially interested in how hazards are integrated into a sense of place and how we can better design our communities to adapt to and work with the environment. Can we leverage our sense of community identity and belonging now, before a disaster, or do we have to learn these lessons the hard way?