At 10:19 a.m. on Thursday, October 19, millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as part of the Great ShakeOut. This important earthquake drill is a good way to practice what to do when seismic activity occurs.
In a recently-issued gubernatorial proclamation, Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared October 19, 2017, “Great Oregon ShakeOut Day.” The proclamation encourages participation in the ShakeOut and urges Oregonians to be 2 Weeks Ready.
Surviving and recovering from a major earthquake is not a matter of luck. It’s a matter of being prepared and practicing how you’ll protect yourself and what you’ll do next. Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes — at home, at work, at school, and even while traveling. Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an annual opportunity to practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” and learn earthquake safety tips.
Register today at www.shakeout.org/oregon.
2 Weeks Ready
During an emergency, we will need to count on each other. 2 Weeks Ready means being aware of what hazards can occur, having a kit and knowing what to do 2 hours, 2 days and 2 weeks after a disaster. A series of short and lively videos have been produced to shed light on simple ways to be 2 Weeks Ready. They focus on food, shelter, water, first aid, pets, youth and neighbors. The first video in the series can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2hKDWfl. The series will launch on October 11.
“Earthquake safety is a very real concern in Oregon,” says Andrew Phelps, director of Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management. “We know that a Cascadia Subduction Zone quake and tsunami could leave large areas of our state without resources for days and weeks. Having 2 weeks of food, water and other emergency supplies is critical for individuals and families who may need to take care of themselves until formal response resources can reach them.”
The 2 Weeks Ready campaign was launched by Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management in 2016 in conjunction with the Great ShakeOut. It aims to inspire citizens to be self-sufficient for two weeks in the aftermath of a major disaster. A series of brochures (http://bit.ly/2ktFjex), a Facebook page (http://bit.ly/2jUgHPx) and Twitter feed (@2WeeksReady) provide information, resources and assistance with disaster preparedness planning.
(From the Oregon Office of Emergency Management)