On Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m., Oregonians are encouraged to participate in the world’s largest “Drop, Cover, and Hold On!” earthquake drill called the Great ShakeOut.
Due to the fact that Oregon is seismically active with both inland earthquakes and the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is encouraging participation in the drill, which already has approximately 385,000 Oregonians registered.
“Participating in the drill is something you can do to protect yourself and your family,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Geologic Hazard Coordinator Althea Rizzo. “Oregonians should strive to be self-sufficient for at least two weeks after a major earthquake.”
OEM is also asking for support promoting the Great Oregon ShakeOut by using #ORShakeOut. There will be a twitter chat on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to noon hosted by OEM to discuss earthquake preparedness, and to highlight the 2015 ShakeOut.
Recently, there has been increased interest about earthquakes in Oregon. The release of an article in the New Yorker called “The Really Big One,” Gov. Kate Brown’s proclamation of September being National Preparedness Month, the release of the updated “Cascadia Playbook,” and other important projects that are highlighting and mitigating earthquake risk Oregon are a few examples.
To register and get information about the Great Oregon ShakeOut at www.shakeout.org/oregon.