You know legislators are serious about something when they appoint a czar like a drug czar. Well now, Oregon has the equivalent of its own earthquake czar.
The less sexy title is "Oregon’s earthquake resiliency officer." But Jay Wilson, the chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Commission, says the job will be to coordinate what state agencies do to prepare.
"We just really felt like this needed to come from an executive level position, rather than it being tied to one agency and the limited authority of a single agency," he says.