Keynote Presentation: Resilience Planning at Local Levels – Necessity for Considering Dependencies

Description: Since the release of the Oregon Resilience Plan in 2013, a number of forward-thinking public entities in Oregon have developed resilience plans at local levels to better prepare for the next Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and Tsunami. However, some of such resilience planning efforts are often carried out in a “silo” fashion, exploring how their specific system would function after a disaster. This is an excellent first step. But to really address resilience on a community level, one must consider dependencies within and among different infrastructure systems and how loss of function in one system could cascade to others. In addition to the physical relationship between different systems, other space-, time-, and source-based dimensions of dependency need to be identified and considered to develop an effective resilience plan. 


Kent YuKeynote Speaker Bio: Dr. Kent Yu is the Principal of SEFT Consulting Group located in Beaverton Oregon. He is also a Courtesy Faculty Member of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. A licensed structural engineer and an earthquake/tsunami policy advocate, Dr. Yu conducted numerous post-earthquake reconnaissance to study performance of buildings and infrastructure systems. Since 2011, he has led or contributed to seismic resilience planning projects at national, state, and local levels. As the Chair of Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission from 2011 to 2013, he led a team of 169 expert volunteers to develop the Oregon Resilience Plan to better prepare Oregon for next Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. He also led a team to develop a resilience plan for the Beaverton School District, the third largest in Oregon, in 2015 and assisted National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems from 2014 to 2015. Currently, he is involved in the development of Water System Resiliency Plan for Gresham Oregon.