Category: Earthquake Readiness

“Don’t Panic, Prepare” – Portland Family is Earthquake Ready

With looming threats of a high magnitude earthquake significantly impacting the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to take steps now to protect your family and your biggest investment—your home. Earthquake Preparedness for a Dream Home Living in their dream home, Veronica Marzilli and her family have invested and planned well to protect the structure of the… Read more

Tips for Making Emergency Preparedness Kits

Although earthquakes are rare in Oregon and Washington, the Cascadia Subduction Zone and numerous faults pose a very real risk of significant seismic damage.  In the case of a catastrophe, you want to be prepared. Ready.gov and American Red Cross note important items to gather ahead of time. Use the lists below to start your… Read more

10 Important Earthquake Resources for Pacific Northwesterners

With so many articles and websites out there discussing the risks and potential damage from a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the Northwest, what do you really need to know? We have compiled a list of ten important earthquake resources for residents of Oregon and Washington. SCHEDULE A HOME SEISMIC APPOINTMENT NOW  1. Portland Bureau of… Read more

Small Coastal Earthquakes Remind Oregonians to Prepare Homes

Bolting homes to foundations and other structural improvements cost relatively little, but mean less damage and more homes left standing after the inevitable Big One.  Seven small earthquakes off the coast of Oregon caused no damage, but they are a reminder of the seismic potential of the faults underneath Oregon and potential for significant damage… Read more

City of Portland Applies for Second Round of Earthquake Funds for Home Seismic Upgrades

Open call for Portland homes to be bolted to foundations. (Portland, Ore.)— Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick today announced the next phase of a pilot project with Enhabit, which could give some 100 Portland homeowners the opportunity to receive seismic upgrades to improve the safety of their homes. If funded by a Federal Emergency Management… Read more

Teach Your Kids About Energy Efficiency and Conservation

With one-month left of summer, kids are bouncing off the walls with energy before school starts up again. Make use of that energy with some educational activities! Here are some ways to get your kids learning about important topics that will affect their lives today and in the future. HOW TO SAVE ENERGY Kids love… Read more

Portland Homeowner Shares the Steps to an Enhabit Home

Portland, Oregon homeowner Laura Parisi finds peace of mind in a home with the whole package: energy efficiency, solar panels, and a seismic retrofit—all thanks to Enhabit. The cape cod home nestled in a North Portland neighborhood was built in 1943—a rarity, as not many homes were built during World War II. It was a… Read more

Enhabit adds contractors to meet demand for seismic strengthening

More and more Portland homeowners are preparing their homes for the ‘Big One’ (Portland, Ore.)—Growing demand for seismic strengthening of homes in the Pacific Northwest has prompted Enhabit, formerly Clean Energy Works, to add more seismic contractors to meet demand. EZ Systems and Earthquake Tech join the Enhabit team of local certified contractors to provide… Read more

One Less Worry with a Seismic Retrofit

“We have two small children, so keeping them safe is always top of mind. Now that we’ve had the home seismically upgraded, it’s one less thing to worry about. Enhabit matched us up with a great contractor, and we got the upgrades done really quickly. The entire process went really smoothly.” –Elma, SW Portland Elma… Read more