Oregon Preps For Great Oregon ShakeOut Drill

In preparation for the Great Oregon ShakeOut Drill happening on October 21, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management will host a webinar to educate the public on earthquake and tsunami preparedness in Oregon.  

Althea Rizzo, OEM’s Geologic Hazards Programs Director, will speak during the event and will hold a question and answer session afterward. Rizzo will cover various topics, including Oregon earthquake types, guidance on a Cascadian subduction zone event, and necessary actions to take if you find yourself in an earthquake.  

Over 500,000 Oregonians have enlisted in the 2021 Great Oregon Shakeout. The event will occur on October 21 at 10:21 a.m. and will act as a practice round in preparation for an earthquake or tsunami in real life.  

At exactly 10:21 a.m., participants will stop what they are doing, take immediate cover, and hold on as if an earthquake were really occurring. Participants are advised to remain in their positions for at least 60 seconds. 

 If the chosen date and time do not work for you, you can gather a group together and create your own shakeout in various locations with video chat. The Shakeout is designed to not only remind Oregonians to be prepared in an emergency, but participating in the exercise can reduce your risk should a real earthquake or tsunami occur.  

The informational webinar will be held on October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via this zoom link, or live on the OEM’s Facebook page. The session will be posted to YouTube at a later time. The Zoom meeting ID is 873 8281 4594 and the password is 088648.   

For more information, please email Public.Info@state.or.us. 

By: Rebekah Harcrow  

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