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 www.shakeout.org/oregon.