Oregon Governor: Make Oregon Schools Quake-Safe
  • Petitioning Governor John Kitzhaber

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Governor John Kitzhaber

Oregon Governor: Make Oregon Schools Quake-Safe

    1. Petition by

      Amanda Gersh

      Portland, OR

Fellow Oregon parents,

Our state is due for a megathrust earthquake and tsunami similar to that which devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Leading scientists tell us this event has a very high probability of occurring within the next 50 years. It could happen at any moment. And yet, more than 1,000 public school buildings have a high or very high risk of collapse in a significant earthquake. More than 300,000 Oregon children are in danger. Every single school day, we are gambling with their lives.

Oregon's voters amended our Constitution to allow the state to borrow funds for investment in seismic retrofits back in 2002, based on a law pledging to bring all schools up to minimum seismic safety standards by 2032. But the retrofit program is vastly inadequate and has faced cuts and delays. Even schools designated "retrofitted" on their survey reports may not have earned their status: lack of funds may have left planned retrofits incomplete.

School is mandatory for children up to age 17. Tell our governor that you expect the state to provide our children with buildings that can endure an earthquake.

If you are an Oregon parent, or you have children who will attend/have attended school in Oregon, please sign our petition and forward it to your Oregon friends.

It is not too late to fix our schools. We can do it, even in tough economic times. Parents in other states and in British Columbia have faced similar obstacles and made progress on this issue. But we must band together. We must speak up for our children. We must do it now.

Tell the governor to expand Oregon's school retrofit program and make safe schools a priority for our children, without delay.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.


Amanda Gersh (Portland parent; co-founder, Oregon Parents for Quake-Resistant Schools)
Edward Wolf (Portland parent; co-founder, Oregon Parents for Quake-Resistant Schools)

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Fourth anniversary of the China Sichuan earthquake

      Amanda Gersh
      Petition Organizer

      Friends of OPQRS:
      Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of the 2008 M 7.9 Sichuan earthquake in China. Thousands of children died when their schools collapsed. A great earthquake is going to occur in Oregon, likely sooner and not later. More than 300,00 Oregon children's lives are at risk. If you can share our petition with a friend or family member, we would be grateful. We're closing in on 800 signatures but we need more help to reach our initial target: 1,000.
      Thank you,
      Amanda Gersh & Edward Wolf
      co-founders, OPQRS

    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bernatt Cathy TOKYO, JAPAN
      • 9 months ago

      For all the reasons stated in the petition!

    • Kristen Reynolds PORTLAND, OR
      • 9 months ago

      My son is at risk.

    • Dawn Menken PORTLAND, OR
      • 9 months ago

      Let's get this done. After a devastating earthquake when 1000s are dead people will open their wallets for a recovery. How tragic -- how about opening those wallets now and avoiding the inconceivable heartbreak!

    • Wil Schaefer CASAS ADOBES, AZ
      • 11 months ago

      Children are our future; also, grandson attends this school.

    • Kathryn Mros-O'Hara PORTLAND, OR
      • 11 months ago

      Protecting our childrens lives is the most important homeland security issue facing this country. The devastation of thousands of children being killed in an earthquake can and should be prevented. It needs to be our top priority.


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