Be Prepared. Have a Plan. Be Safe

Will you be using the Drop, take cover and hold on” method during The Great Oregon Shakeout

ShakeOut_Oregon_2013_Poster_DCH_WhattodoThe annual earthquake awareness drill happens Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 AM.  Learn more about The Great Oregon Shakeout here (link).

So what is Drop, take cover and hold on?

Be safe and learn it:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

The Great Shakeout is about being prepared for an earthquake, knowing how to respond, and practicing that response.

Be safe during an earthquake and use these recommended earthquake safety actions (link)  Be prepared for what comes after an earthquake. Learn more here (link)

Learn more about earthquakes and the region we live in:

Did you know that Oregon is in the Cascadia subduction zone?

Read more about earthquakes in Oregon here (link). Then checkout these interesting  earthquake facts here (link)

From website:

“The Cascadia Region stretches from Brooks Peninsula on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the north to Cape Mendocino, California in the south.

The Cascadia Region has experienced several types of earthquakes and is likely to experience similar events in the future. Cascadia earthquakes fall into three major categories:

  • Shallow, or crustal earthquakes, such as the Scotts Mills earthquake (1993) in Oregon’s Willamette Valley
  • Deep, or intraplate earthquakes, such as the Nisqually earthquake (2001) in the Puget Sound area of western Washington
  • Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes, which could occur offshore the entire region”