Woven Into the Community: Resilience and Tsunami Evacuation Route Configuration in Neskowin, Oregon
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The Problem- The threat of a Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) earthquake and tsunami on the Oregon Coast has prompted coastal communities to update and re-evaluate disaster resilience management plans. Most plans are based on a preparation-and-response model, which addresses the disaster immediately before, during, and after. The issue with these strategies is that they do not aim to have a deeper impact on human behavior, they play to a “business-as-usual” lifestyle. An approach that weaves together the immediate needs of a community at the time of disaster with the long-term goal of improving the resilience of the coastal community can contribute to the long-term creation of safer and more secure communities1. The purpose of this project is to identify how tsunami evacuation routes can contribute to the resilience of a coastal community. Methodology- The meta-framework of resilience proposed by Aldunce et al.2; in combination with literature reviews of government and peer reviewed articles and interviews with regional experts, contributed to defining resilience in operational terms and to identifying elements of tsunami evacuation routes and community resilience strategies. Findings - The design response for improving the resilience of Neskowin, Oregon was created through the synthesis of the community resilience strategies and elements of tsunami evacuation routes. The tsunami evacuation route elements were chosen based on what could be addressed in Neskowin, what could be affordable for that community, and what contributions they would make to resilience.