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Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves Case Study: Portland International Airport Resilient Runway

Apr 19, 2021   |   1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Virtual Meeting

Oregon could experience a magnitude-8.7 or larger earthquake in the next 50 years.

This webinar will present key findings in a case study by the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council (MMC) of the National Institute of Building Sciences that estimates the benefits of a seismically resilient runway at Portland International Airport (PDX).

Using NIBS’ groundbreaking Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves research, MMC found that an upgraded resilient runway at PDX could:

  • Save up to $50 for every $1 invested on mitigation
  • Protect lives, speed the re-occupancy of homes and businesses, and reduce business interruption
  • Be better able to resist large earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone
  • Greatly improve the region’s response and recovery efforts

MMC published four editions of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves study between 2005 to 2019. It found that mitigation saves up to $13 per $1 invested (national average) across multiple kinds of disasters and a wide variety of approaches. These include adopting up-to-date building codes, exceeding codes, and retrofitting existing private- and public-sector buildings, utilities, and transportation infrastructure. The PDX case study extends Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves by shedding light on the fragility and the value of resilient air transportation.


Stephen A. Cauffman
Stephen A. Cauffman  Moderator

Chief, Resilience Services Branch (A), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Lakisha Ann Woods
Lakisha Ann Woods

President & CEO, NIBS

Daniel T. Pippenger
Daniel T. Pippenger

Chief Operating Officer, Port of Portland

Keith Porter
Keith Porter

Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves Principal Investigator, Principal of SPA Risk

Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan
Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan

Executive Director, MMC & BSSC, NIBS

Sponsored by

Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council

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