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Why we do not prepare for earthquakes | Steven Eberlein | TEDxPortland
Oregon - Portland
"TEDx Speaker - Disaster Preparedness Culture Specialist"
  • State
    Oregon
  • City
    Portland
  • Zipcode
    97227
  • Job Title
    Workplace Resilience and Engagement Manager
  • Company
    Ethos Preparedness
  • How Far Are You Willing to Travel?
    Internationally
  • Disaster Survivor
    Before the Ground Shakes: Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness
    I lived in Klamath Falls, Oregon during the pair of 6M earthquakes that unexpectedly rocked that community in 1993, and in Sri Lanka for the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, which took 35,000 lives in the country. This presentation will leave any person, prepared or not, with a better understanding of the mechanisms that cause earthquakes and tsunamis, potentially life-saving actions that you should take before and during these events, and how to endure the infrastructural fallout that follows.
  • First Aid, CPR & Household Preparedness
    Before the Ground Shakes: Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness
    I lived in Klamath Falls, Oregon during the pair of 6M earthquakes that unexpectedly rocked that community in 1993, and in Sri Lanka for the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, which took 35,000 lives in the country. This presentation will leave any person, prepared or not, with a better understanding of the mechanisms that cause earthquakes and tsunamis, potentially life-saving actions that you should take before and during these events, and how to endure the infrastructural fallout that follows.
  • Leadership, Communication & Motivational
    Presenting like a Pro
    One of the obstacles that we face as resilience professionals is securing internal support from senior leadership. As planners, “selling” isn’t always in our wheelhouse, but it’s a skill that we all need to gain backing for our most ambitious resilience projects. If you’re looking to polish your next big pitch, or if you simply want to become a more impactful and persuasive communicator, this workshop is for you. I will cover:
    • The three things that you need to know about your audience
    • How to deliver a noteless presentation
    • Effective vs. awful use of PowerPoint
    • Choosing the scope of your pitch – what’s too much, what’s too little
    • Winning the day with Q&A
    • Special tips for virtual presentations


    Persuasion for Preparedness Advocates
    Studies have shown1 that people are not even minimally prepared for disasters in an increasingly disaster prone world. In an unsparing examination of its own efforts, FEMA concluded that the development of “individual cultures of preparedness from the bottom up could eventually lead to a more resilient nation.” Your workplace is potentially such a culture. With your leadership, your employees are 75% more likely to prepare3. Where do you start? This presentation attempts to answer two fundamental questions about workplace disaster preparedness: 1) Why do people not prepare for disasters? 2) How do we create cultures of preparedness? This is an interactive forum meant to prompt discussion.
  • Preparedness, Continuity, & Contingency Planning
    Persuasion for Preparedness Advocates
    Studies have shown1 that people are not even minimally prepared for disasters in an increasingly disaster prone world. In an unsparing examination of its own efforts, FEMA concluded that the development of “individual cultures of preparedness from the bottom up could eventually lead to a more resilient nation.” Your workplace is potentially such a culture. With your leadership, your employees are 75% more likely to prepare3. Where do you start? This presentation attempts to answer two fundamental questions about workplace disaster preparedness: 1) Why do people not prepare for disasters? 2) How do we create cultures of preparedness? This is an interactive forum meant to prompt discussion.

    Earthquake Early Warning - Business Applications
    Earthquake Early Warning systems are operational in several countries around the world, including Mexico, Japan, Turkey, Romania, China, Italy, and Taiwan. The west coast of the US is the newest entrant into the club with full public and private availability in California, Oregon and Washington. Earthquake Early Warning can prevent up to 50% of all earthquake injuries, assist first responders for maximum efficiency and effectiveness, help protect vital public infrastructure, help in the prevention and response to secondary emergencies like entrapment and widespread fires, minimize damage to property and protect against the release of hazardous chemicals. The onus is now on us to employ ShakeAlert’s capabilities to keep our families, assets, and enterprises prepared for the inevitable seismic events that await us. This program is an opportunity to ask the basic questions and to imagine aloud the benefits of this game-changing technology.
  • Resilience
    Before the Ground Shakes: Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness
    I lived in Klamath Falls, Oregon during the pair of 6M earthquakes that unexpectedly rocked that community in 1993, and in Sri Lanka for the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, which took 35,000 lives in the country. This presentation will leave any person, prepared or not, with a better understanding of the mechanisms that cause earthquakes and tsunamis, potentially life-saving actions that you should take before and during these events, and how to endure the infrastructural fallout that follows.
  • Workplace Safety
    Before the Ground Shakes: Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness
    I lived in Klamath Falls, Oregon during the pair of 6M earthquakes that unexpectedly rocked that community in 1993, and in Sri Lanka for the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, which took 35,000 lives in the country. This presentation will leave any person, prepared or not, with a better understanding of the mechanisms that cause earthquakes and tsunamis, potentially life-saving actions that you should take before and during these events, and how to endure the infrastructural fallout that follows.
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  • Summary
    My wife and I were living in Sri Lanka when a massive tsunami struck the country, taking 35,000 there and 200,000 others in communities surrounding the Indian Ocean. My work on the Lanka Tsunami Response Team took me to every tsunami-impacted district, where I saw firsthand the toll that disasters take on unprepared countries and communities.

    Only upon returning to the US did I learn that my native Pacific Northwest is awaiting a very similar event: a tsunami-generating subduction zone earthquake. Since 2016, I’ve dedicated my career to disaster preparedness education and advocacy, with a particular focus on communities and workplaces that will be impacted by the Cascadia Subduction Zone and San Andreas Fault system. I’ve delivered more than 200 earthquake preparedness presentations, reaching more than 25,000 audience members. I specialize in earthquake and tsunami preparedness for the home and office, creating workplace preparedness culture, Earthquake Early Warning (ShakeAlert) and presentation training.
  • Highlights
    In 2018 I was chosen from 254 applicants for the first ever TEDxPortland Ideas Booth. I had one week to prepare a Talk before 3000+ people. My idea explores the "common sense gap" as it relates to earthquakes challenging all of us to be a part of the preparedness movement. This Talk is the cornerstone of my preparedness work.
  • May Waive Fee
    Yes
  • Session Types
    • Keynote
    • Workshop
    • Breakout Session
    • Panel
    • Trainer
    • Master of Ceremonies/Moderator
    • Remote/Webinar/Live Video
  • Cancellation Policy
    Moderate: Full refund up until 14 days prior to event, except fees (travel and service)
  • Price Range
    $1000 To $3500
  • Experience
    5 Year(s)
    Events Last Year 1
  • Languages
    • English
    • Spanish
    
Event TitleEvent DateLocation
TEDxPortlandApril 21, 2018Portland, Oregon
The Risk Management Society (RIMS) Western Regional ConferenceSeptember 18, 2018Portland, Oregon
Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) 2019 ConferenceFebruary 18, 2019Las Vegas, Nevada
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) WashingtonMay 14, 2021Virtual
Federal Executive Board - Oregon and SeattleMay 04, 2021Virtual
SafeBuild Alliance Construction Safety Week(s) - Oregon and WashingtonApril 27, 2021Virtual
20th Annual Portland Safety Committee Conference (keynote)October 25, 2019Portland, Oregon
Alaska Broadcasters AssociationNovember 09, 2018Anchorage, Alaska
PNW American Water Works Association conferenceMay 03, 2019Vancouver, Washington
Association of Continuity Professionals Annual ConferenceFebruary 17, 2019Las Vegas, Nevada

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