As a community that could potentially be affected by “the big one” in our lifetime, it’s important to have a realistic understanding of how an earthquake could affect the area. To help community members separate fact from fiction, the City of Eugene, in partnership with the City of Springfield, Eugene Water and Electric Board, Springfield Utility Board, and Rainbow Water District, is hosting a Disaster Movie in the Park this Friday, August 31, at Washington Park (2025 Washington St.). Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m., and the movie, San Andreas, starts at dusk.
The Disaster Movie in the Park offers an opportunity for community members to learn about the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) and emergency preparedness, vote on possible mitigation projects they would like the City to complete, win prizes playing the Hazards Game, and enjoy free popcorn and a summer night in the park.
Natural hazard mitigation reduces or alleviates the loss of life, property, and injury resulting from natural hazards through long- and short-term strategies. Hazard mitigation is the responsibility of individuals, private businesses, and industries as well as all levels of government.
Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including reduced loss of life and property, improved delivery of essential services, economic stability, reduced cost, shortened recovery following natural hazard events, and increased potential for state and federal funding for mitigation and recovery projects.