When it comes to natural disasters, sometimes it feels like there is nothing you can do. So, why worry? Even though an earthquake cannot be prevented, shakeout.org has developed ways to help protect ourselves and loved ones during an earthquake. Shakeout explains that Oregon lies between two tectonic plates in a constant state of collision. The 600 mile long fault line known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone spans from California to British Columbia. After years of pressure and slow movement the plates will rip apart causing massive earthquakes.
In order to protect ourselves during a large earthquake, shakeout.org has organized a worldwide earthquake drill. In 2015 over 43 million people participated in the shakeout. This year on October 20th at 10:20 a.m. another worldwide drill is set to take place. At this time, over five million U.S. participants are signed up, and the numbers are growing daily! In Oregon alone, there are nearly 25,000 individuals registered for the drill. The top three participating areas are as follows,
1) Washington County
2) Marion County
3) Multnomah County
How to Participate in The Great Oregon ShakeOut
Visit shakeout.org and enroll to participate with millions of others worldwide. Then, on October 20th at 10:20am follow the four recommended steps below.
1) Drop, Cover and Hold on: Don’t waste time, Drop to the ground. Cover yourself; find shelter under a nearby desk or table. Hold on tight for one minute.
2) Now, take a look around, imagine what would be happening around you in an actual emergency.
3) (optional) Practice what your next steps would be following an earthquake.
4) When you are finished, talk with coworkers, friends or family about what you learned, and your disaster plan.
Participation will be tracked through online enrollment. Individuals, as well as businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations can all take part in this amazing opportunity.
For more information regarding The Great Oregon ShakeOut and other useful disaster information click here.
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