Shake Out, Don't Freak Out - The Great Oregon ShakeOut is October 15, 2020
Our community has faced many challenges this year, and in addition to these, experts say that a large earthquake is in fact overdue in the Pacific Northwest. On October 15th at 10:15 a.m., the Great Oregon ShakeOut is a great opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes.
What we do now, before an earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like after. So, what can you do now to prepare?
- Do a "hazard hunt" for items that might fall in your home, school or working environment during earthquakes and secure them. Do an inspection for non-structural items (bookshelves, equipment, etc.) that might fall and cause possible injuries. Move or secure these items to provide a safer environment.
- Create a personal or family disaster-preparedness plan.
- Plan for your family's specific needs (seniors, disabled, children, pets).
- Teach all household members how to use a fire extinguisher.
- Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits. Be prepared for the possibility that you, your family or those in your school or work place may need to remain in place for 2-3 days, and on your own without resources, such as utilities, for up to 2 weeks.
- Store at least 1 gallon of water per person, per day
- What other supplies might you need if transportation routes were blocked and you needed to remain in the same place for an extended length of time?
- What else would you need to be on your own for up to 2 weeks?
- What would you need if you are in your car or office when the earthquake strikes?
- Create a game where everyone responds to a signal by practicing Drop, Cover and Hold On. Talk to children about what to expect during and after an earthquake.
- Contact your local Emergency Program to learn more about how to take care of yourself and your family when you are “on your own” after a disaster.
- Join us in and participate in the ShakeOut practice earthquake drill, at 10:15 a.m. on October 15, 2020. It is only a one-minute commitment for something that can save your life!
- For more information, visit http://www.ShakeOut.org/.