Earthquake preparedness expert Steven Eberlein speaks at George Fox University March 4

February 5th, 2019

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Public is invited to free presentation, “Real Conversations on Emergency Preparedness”

NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University invites the public to a special presentation, “Real Conversations on Emergency Preparedness,” featuring disaster preparedness expert Steven Eberlein, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Monday, March 4, in the university’s Bauman Auditorium. There is no charge to attend, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

In 2018, Eberlein and co-owner Lydia Ledgerwood launched Tipping Point Resilience, a preparedness communications consultancy that specializes in earthquakes. The company is dedicated to creating enduring cultures of preparedness that can be owned, sustained and propagated by its partners and audience participants.

“We aim to unleash the power of each individual’s influence so that we together can create a lasting culture of preparedness on the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada,” Eberlein said.

Eberlein uses stunning visuals, appealing science, humor and the power of his personal experience to educate audiences on the power of earthquakes and what can be done to be prepared for them. His aim is to create enduring conversation around the topic of disaster preparedness and the importance of building a culture that encourages preparedness, whether that be in the business, personal or community sectors.

Eberlein and Ledgerwood were living in Sri Lanka in 2004 when a 9.1 subduction zone earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered a massive tsunami that took 230,000 lives in more than a dozen countries circling the Indian Ocean, including 35,000 in Sri Lanka itself. As aid workers, they were active witnesses to one of the largest multi-national relief efforts in history, starting from its earliest hours. In 2006, they returned to their native Oregon only to learn that the Pacific Northwest, too, is due for a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami event.

In the final years of his 10 years with the Red Cross in Oregon, Eberlein became wholly dedicated to educating communities and companies on the risk of the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

For more information on the presentation, contact Brett Meyers, coordinator of student programs at George Fox, at 503-554-2324.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Brett Meyers
Coordinator of Student Programs
George Fox University

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