Don't Wait for the Quake graphicIn response to the growing awareness around the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, the public is invited to attend “Don’t Wait For The Quake,” a special forum on Tuesday evening, November 17 at the University of Oregon’s (UO) White Stag building in Portland. Dave Miller, host of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s (OPB) Think Out Loud, will lead the evening, which will be video-streamed live on OPB’s website and simulcast on its radio stations at 7 p.m. The program will also be televised on KOPB-TV in December.

The intent of the forum is to educate the public about earthquake safety and to motivate people to take preparatory measures. Concerned citizens, government officials, academic experts, first responders and students are welcome to attend.

During the forum, the audience and a group of panelists will watch a series of short videos produced by UO journalism students that cover various topics related to earthquake safety and preparedness. As they watch, guests will be asked to respond on their phones or tablets using the Harvis web application. Harvis will gauge the impact and effectiveness of the messaging contained in the videos.

Poll data will be used to help researchers at UO find better ways to communicate with the public about earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The event will feature a diverse panel of three experts: Andrew Phelps, director of Oregon Emergency Management; Chris Goldfinger, an oceanographer at Oregon State University and one of the world’s foremost experts on subduction zone earthquakes; and T. Aisha Edwards, a licensed therapist in Vancouver, Wash., who specializes in treating patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. The panelists will answer questions from the audience, Twitter and Facebook after watching each of the videos.

Event Registration

The public can register through Eventbrite:

Registration is free and closes on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. Only those who have registered will be allowed to participate in the televised event.

Guests who attend the Portland event consent to be filmed and participate in the live polling. A phone or tablet with Internet access is required to participate.

Those participating must arrive by 6 p.m. for orientation and seating by 6:30 p.m. The event will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and last one hour.

Participating from home

Those watching the webcast from a computer can participate in the experiment from home by visiting

A passcode to participate will be made available on OPB’s website before the event, as well as a webpage containing directions on using the Harvis web app.

A web steam link will be provided by OPB closer to the event.

Radio listeners can find their local OPB station by visiting


For questions, please contact Maya Lazaro at

Event Breakdown

Who: University of Oregon and Oregon Public Broadcasting
What: “Don’t Wait For the Quake,” a televised, public forum about earthquake preparedness
When: November 17, 2015 at 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5 pm. Refreshments will be provided. Guests must arrive by 6 p.m. for orientation and seating by 6:30 p.m. Arriving early is necessary because this is a time-sensitive, live-recorded event. The forum will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and last one hour.)
Where: 70 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
Why: To discuss methods of earthquake preparedness and issues of earthquake safety, and measure audience reactions to student-produced videos on these topics


About the UO School of Journalism and Communication
The University of Oregon the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is one of the first professional journalism schools in the country and an international leader in scholarship and education in advertising, journalism, media studies and public relations. With a student enrollment of 2,200, the SOJC offers doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate degree programs that challenge students to become productive scholars, ethical communicators, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens in a global society. We foster innovative research and prepare students and professionals to navigate the terrain of an evolving media landscape.

About Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) is the primary television and radio broadcasting network for the state of Oregon. The network’s mission is to give voice to the community, connect Oregon and its neighbors, and illuminate a wider world. OPB has been designated the “State Primary” for the Emergency Alert System, initiating messages informing other broadcasters, viewers and listeners of a wide variety of emergencies including tsunamis, floods and Amber Alerts.