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Red Cross Encourages Everyone to Register for the Great ShakeOut

Great ShakeOut
This drill is particularly important for residents who live near the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “drop, cover, and hold on” at 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17 during Great ShakeOut earthquake drills. This is particularly important for Pacific Northwest residents who live near the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the 600-mile long earthquake fault stretching from offshore northern California to southern British Columbia.

WHAT:          The Great ShakeOut takes place on a specific day and time each year to increase earthquake preparedness. Participants DROP to the ground, take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table (or against a wall with your arms covering your head/neck), and HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.


WHO:             The American Red Cross Cascades Region, Oregon Emergency Management, and various schools and agencies across the state will participate. Local businesses that have registered include: Citizens Bank, Massif Mountain Gear, Medford Police Department, Pacific Power, PNGC Power, Cambia Health, Intel, Newport City Police and Willamette Valley Restoration.


WHEN:          10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17, 2013


WHERE:        American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter

                        3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland


CONTEST:    The Cascades Region is hosting its first-ever “Great #ShakeOut Selfie” contest. People participating in the ShakeOut exercise are encouraged to snap a photo of themselves (aka “selfie” during the drill and to tweet the image using the hastag #ShakeOut Selfie. Participants are eligible for a variety of disaster kit items. Full rules here.


In addition to practicing actions to stay safe during an earthquake, the Great ShakeOut is a great opportunity to update emergency plans and supplies, and to download the Red Cross Earthquake App. To learn more about the Great ShakeOut visit