You Can’t Outrun a Ghost

Understanding the True Risk

is Everything

Earthquakes are the greatest ghost stories ever told.  Danger from most natural disasters give warning. We can see them coming from a particular direction, even if we can’t outrun them.

Earthquakes are different. They are nowhere, then suddenly everywhere around us at once, unseen but for the destruction they cause. Ghosts. History shows us another Cascadia Subduction Zone Megathrust earthquake will strike the Pacific Northwest. We don’t know when, but we know we can’t outrun it when the time arrives.

We prepare for all types of emergencies – or don’t – based on our perceived risk. The main purpose of this website is to help ensure you understand just how likely we are to experience a major earthquake in the PNW. 37% risk in the next 50 years is not the whole story. The data tells a very different story; one of ghosts on our horizon.

It is my hope that this information will inspire, that inspiration will lead to action, that action will create the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.

Are you better prepared today than you were yesterday?

Welcome to Surviving Cascadia! My name is Bridget. My husband and I live in Salem with our three amazing kids and our dog, Pooh Bear. We treasure our life here.

Like most people in this region, the possibility of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake striking – irrevocably changing that treasured life – feels pretty scary.

Five years ago, that fear led me to become a local City of Salem Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer. 

My hope is that this website will provide enough helpful knowledge for you and your loved ones to be ready when the Cascadia Subduction Zone off our shores ruptures. Well, let’s be honest, there is probably no way to be totally ready for this. Every step taken will change your adaptability in the earthquake’s aftermath though. Each item you have or knowledge-nugget you acquire will make a difference.

Do one thing today that will make you better off than you would have been if the earthquake happened yesterday. The little steps add up!