Parents4Preparedness (P4P) is an informal network of parents, educators, and concerned community members focused on earthquake safety in schools. Most of our members live in the Portland area, but some live elsewhere in the metropolitan area or in Northwest region. In most cases, the issues we face are not unique to Portland.

2018-2019 Leadership

We welcome those who want to take an active role in the facilitation of the group. All roles are voluntary and rotation is encouraged.

  • Holly Cook ( Holly is a Sunnyside Elementary parent. She helped initiate and coordinate a reunification drill and non-structural hazard mitigation (furniture strapping) at the school.
  • Laura Hall ( Laura is a Chief Joe Elementary parent and Team Leader for the Arbor Lodge / Kenton Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). She does disaster preparedness presentations throughout Portland and teaches classes at Portland Community College and Saturday Academy. She also works for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization, which is housed within the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.
  • Ted Wolf ( Ted is a former PPS parent and and co-founder of P4P. He is also the co-founder of Oregon Parents for Quake-Resistant Schools, an initiative that lobbied for state investment in earthquake safety retrofits. His advocacy has aimed to strengthen Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program, establish a statewide Office of School Facilities, pass local school bond measures (PPS in 2012 and 2017, Seaside in 2016), and raise awareness about natural hazard safety and schools (FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter, June 2017).
  • Otto Schell ( Otto is a former PPS parent and a Legislative Advocate for the Oregon PTA. He contributed to Measure 26-193, a $790M bond, which passed in May 2017 and will contribute greatly to the seismic safety of Portland Public Schools.
  • Susan Romanski ( Susan is an Atkinson Elementary parent and co-founder of P4P. She helped initiate and coordinate a reunification drill for Aktinson and has worked in the preparedness field professionally. She is the US Director of Disaster Preparedness & Community Resilience for Mercy Corps and a member of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC). Susan has worked in humanitarian relief operations in Iraq, Liberia, Sri Lanka, Darfur, Iran, and Pakistan.