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Introducing the Earthquake Committee | Presentando el Comité de Terremotos

This winter, a Holy Redeemer parent and designer Beate Culi convened a group of parents, faculty, staff, and our school principal Mrs. Raineri to engage in a project to assess the preparedness needs of Holy Redeemer’s campus and community. Este invierno, una madre y diseñadora de Holy Redeemer, Beate Culi, convocó a un grupo de padres, profesores, personal y la directora de nuestra escuela, la Sra. Raineri para participar en un proyecto para evaluar las necesidades de preparación del campus y la comunidad de Holy Redeemer. 

Beate’s initial impetus was her concern that both the school and parish be aware of and prepared for the expected 9-point Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake or for a possible local earthquake. All forecasts are for serious disruptions that will impede traffic, take down utilities, and damage or destroy many buildings. We are particularly concerned that such an earthquake might happen during the school day or Sunday Mass. El ímpetu inicial de Beate fue su preocupación de que tanto la escuela como la parroquia estuvieran al tanto y preparadas para el esperado Terremoto de 9 puntos de la Zona de Subducción de Cascadia o para un posible terremoto local. Todas las previsiones apuntan a interrupciones graves que impedirán el tráfico, eliminarán los servicios públicos y dañarán o destruirán muchos edificios. Estamos particularmente preocupados de que tal terremoto pueda ocurrir durante el día escolar o la Misa dominical.

Our Mission | Nuestra misión

  • Understand risks of earthquake events to our school and parish. Comprenda los riesgos de los terremotos en nuestra escuela y parroquia.
  • Develop action plans that keep students, occupants, and the Holy Redeemer community safe from those risks. Desarrolle planes de acción que mantengan a los estudiantes, ocupantes y la comunidad del Santo Redentor a salvo de esos riesgos.
  • Plan for buildings to allow safe egress during a Cascadia event and become serviceable again or replaced in a predictable timeframe. Planifique que los edificios permitan una salida segura durante un evento de Cascadia y vuelvan a ser reparables o reemplazados en un plazo predecible.

We have divided the committee into three sub groups so as to best address the many issues facing us – click on these links to learn more about each. Hemos dividido el comité en tres subgrupos a fin de abordar mejor los diversos problemas que enfrentamos: haga clic en estos enlaces para obtener más información sobre cada uno de ellos:

Buildings | Edificios

Preparedness | Preparación

Education | Educación

Have questions? We’d love to hear from you! ¿Tener preguntas? Nos encantaría saber de usted!

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Earthquake Ready Talk – Dec 17, 6:45 pm, HR Cafeteria

Improve your resilience to earthquakes and other potential disasters.

On December 17, 2018, come to the cafeteria to listen to Laura Hall give a talk called Earthquake Ready. 6:45-8:15 pm.

Her talk is going to focus on Holy Redeemer as a school community and give us ideas to think about preparing.

Children are welcome.

There will be prizes for those in attendance!

Raffle prizes include 5-gallon water containers and 100′ paracord rope; twin emergency toilets with lids; and LED flashlights.
Laura will also distribute party favors – everyone will get at least one of the following: Aquatabs water purification tablets; mylar blankets; whistles; N-95 face masks; and emergency water packets.
So join us!
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Natural Gas and Emergency Preparedness

In any situation, if you smell gas, leave your house on foot and call NW Natural’s emergency line at 1-800-882-3377.

Natural gas can be hazardous in several contexts. Lourdes came to the Prepare Fair to talk to us about how to be as safe as possible during the following situations: earthquakes, carbon monoxide poisoning, and floods.


Get your home ready for an earthquake by taking the following steps:

  • Secure any appliances that use natural gas (like your water heater and furnace) to minimize movement during an earthquake.
  • Replace semi-rigid gas connectors with flexible connectors.
  • Keep combustible materials (like paint, oil, and rags) away from your furnace and water heater.
  • Contact a qualified, licensed contractor to install an earthquake shut-off valve – equipment that senses ground movement or shaking, and shuts off the flow of gas automatically.

After an earthquake:

  • Make sure that no flammable items have fallen or spilled near natural gas appliances.
  • If you smell or hear natural gas, call the NW Natural emergency line at 800-882-3377.
  • If possible, turn off your gas – if you’ve already turned it off, leave it off. Call NW Natural to have your service restored. Note that everyone else is in the same boat so it will take awhile for someone to restore your service.
  • If you’ve installed an earthquake shut-off valve, call NW Natural to have a contractor come to reset the valve and relight your natural gas appliances.

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Carbon monoxide is a gas that’s odorless, poisonous, and potentially fatal. If gas equipment fails, it may cause the natural gas to burn improperly, resulting in the production of carbon monoxide.

(Normally, natural gas is nontoxic and produces only heat, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor.)

Carbon monoxide may be indicated when :

  • There is a yellow flame (normally the flame is blue)
  • You smell combustion odors and see soot around the front of the appliance.

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do the following:

  • Schedule an annual equipment inspection – NW Natural offers this service at no additional charge to its customers – call 503-226-4214 (or see the Customer Service section of NW Natural’s website).
  • Install vents and chimneys properly, and inspect them regularly for improper connections, visible rust, and stains.
  • Keep chimneys and vents free of debris such as leaves, creosite, and animal nests.
  • Install and properly maintain a UL-approved carbon monoxide detector, which can alert you when a certain level of CO is in the air. A CO detector does not replace proper appliance maintenance. NW Natural says to contact the Oregon fire marshal’s office for information regarding proper placement, testing, and maintenance of CO detectors.


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Feria de Preparacíon en el Santo Redentor – Miércoles, 10 de octubre, 6: 30-8: 30 p. M., Cafeteria

Actualización: ¡Gracias por participar en el evento! Tuvimos una gran participación y nuestras organizaciones de mesas estuvieron ocupadas toda la noche!

Para el beneficio de todos, voy a publicar un blog sobre cada organización que se presentó, así que busque la etiqueta “Prepare Fair 2018” (Feria de Preparacíon 2018) en caso de que se haya perdido una mesa (o no haya podido participar en el evento).

Mensaje original: Únase a nosotros en la cafetería (Gran salón), miércoles, 10 de octubre, de 6:30 a 8:30 pm, donde puede reunirse con expertos de toda la ciudad para aprender más sobre preparación para 

emergencias, ciencia de terremotos y la zona de subducción de Cascadia. terremoto. ¡Los niños son bienvenidos!

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Prepare Fair at Holy Redeemer – Wed., Oct 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, Large Hall

Update: Thank you for participating in the event! We had a great turnout and our tabling organizations were busy the whole night!
For the benefit of all, I’m going to blog about each organization that tabled, so look for the tag “Prepare Fair 2018” in case you missed a table (or weren’t able to participate in the event).
Original message:
Please join us in the cafeteria (Large Hall), Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 pm where you can meet with experts from across the city to learn more about emergency preparedness, earthquake science, and the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Children are welcome!
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Earthquake Speaker at HR on April 26

Please join us in the Large Hall (cafeteria) Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 pm to listen to Justin Ross from Multnomah County speak about preparing our community for the Cascadia Subduction Earthquake.
Justin will provide information crucial for us as families, as a school, and as a church to prepare for the earthquake and its aftermath.
All HR school and parish families are encouraged to participate. Children are welcome. We would be very happy if at least one person from each HR family could come to this talk –– it’s truly that important. Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/426speaker.