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Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill encourages Oregonians to learn and practice safe methods to reduce their risk during an earthquake (Photo) - 10/19/21

SALEM, Ore. – Oct. 19, 2021 – Oregonians have learned the importance of preparedness due to numerous recent hazards – including wildfire, drought, floods, ice storms and more. Though earthquakes are less common, they are top of mind in the Northwest due to the Cascadia subduction zone, a fault located off the Pacific Coast with the potential to deliver a 9.0+ magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami. Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed Thursday, Oct. 21, as Great Oregon ShakeOut Day to encourage Oregonians to learn and practice safe methods to use during an earthquake.

A global earthquake drill taking place at 10:21 a.m. this Thursday, the Great ShakeOut urges people to take the following simple but critical safety steps during an earthquake: “Drop, Cover and Hold On:”

  • Drop onto hands and knees.
  • Cover head and neck and crawl to a sturdy desk or table if one is nearby.
  • Hold On until the shaking stops.  

“The state of Oregon takes seriously its responsibility to help ensure the safety of its residents and visitors,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. “Understanding what to do in the first few moments after a disaster can mean the difference between being a survivor and a victim. As we work to build a culture of preparedness in Oregon, it is up to each of us – and all of us – to take action to reduce our risk.  Participating in the Great Oregon ShakeOut is a proactive step anyone can, and should, take.”

More than 500,000 Oregonians – including schools, individuals, families and businesses – have committed to take part in this year’s ShakeOut drill, pledging to drop, cover and hold on wherever they are and whatever they’re doing. 

“Knowing what to do before, during and after an earthquake can save your life,” said OEM Geologic Hazards Coordinator Althea Rizzo. “The event also serves as a reminder to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies.” 

OEM’2 Weeks Ready program recommends citizens be informed and knowledgeable about the hazards where they live; make an emergency plan for themselves and their loved ones; and build an emergency kit with at least two weeks’ worth of food, water and other necessities. 

The 2 Weeks Ready program offers several resources to help people prepare, including a free publication informing what actions to take in the event of an earthquake or tsunami. To learn more about earthquakes in Oregon and how to prepare, Living on Shaky Ground is available for download at OEM’s website, and hard copies may be obtained at county and Tribal emergency management offices.

Learn more about the Great Oregon ShakeOut and register as a participant at Shakeout.org/Oregon; the public can also view a webinar on the event hosted by OEM on YouTube in English and in Spanish.


You can get this document in other languages, large print, braille, or a format you prefer. For assistance, call 971-719-1183 or email language@oem.or.us. We accept all relay calls, or you can dial 711.

Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update -- Oct. 18, 2021 (Photo) - 10/18/21

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Oct. 18, 2021, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. View today's Wildfire Recovery update here. The next update will be released on Nov. 17, 2021.

Photo Captions:

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management's Wildfire Recovery logo: Oregon Rising Stronger Together. (Office of Emergency Management)

The McKenzie Community Celebration in Vida, Ore., unveiled a permanent commemorative art piece designed and created by Oregon conceptual artist Margaret Godfrey. (McKenzie River Locals Helping Locals)

The McKenzie Community Celebration in Vida, Ore., included a first responder appreciation ceremony celebrating the Upper McKenzie Fire Department. (McKenzie River Locals Helping Locals)

FEMA has activated a federal program offering 2020 wildfire survivors the opportunity to purchase their currently occupied trailer. (FEMA)

Media Advisory: Oregon Office of Emergency Management to hold public webinar on earthquake and tsunami preparedness - 10/08/21


In advance of the Great Oregon ShakeOut drill on Oct. 21, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is holding a public webinar on how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis in Oregon. OEM’s Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator Althea Rizzo will discuss the types of earthquakes that occur in Oregon; what to expect during a Cascadia subduction zone event; and what to do during an earthquake. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. 


10:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2021


Zoom: shorturl.at/vBKMU  

Or telephone +1 253 215 8782 

Meeting ID: 873 8281 4594

Passcode: 088648 

The webinar will be simultaneously aired live on OEM’s Facebook page and later shared on YouTube.

About the Great Oregon ShakeOut

ShakeOut is a global event encouraging people to prepare for and practice how to be safer during an earthquake. This year’s official ShakeOut drill is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. on Oct. 21. At that time, wherever you are at that moment, you should drop, cover and hold on as if there were a major earthquake occurring and stay in that position for at least 60 seconds. You can also choose to hold your own ShakeOut drill: Pick another date and include people in multiple locations -- like home, work or school -- through video conferencing. Participating in the Great Oregon ShakeOut helps Oregonians reduce their risk in the event of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. The event also serves as a reminder to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies. More than 500,000 Oregonians have signed up for this year’s ShakeOut.

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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update -- Sept. 29, 2021 (Photo) - 09/29/21

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Sept. 29, 2021, to the Oregon Wildfire Response and Recovery page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here. These bi-weekly updates are transitioning to a monthly release moving forward, with the next release on October 13, 2021.

Photo Captions:

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management's Wildfire Recovery logo: Oregon Rising - Stronger Together (Office of Emergency Management).

Construction crews are working hard laying the foundation for the Gateway Transitional Housing Project, which will provide stable housing for 53 families with kids in the Phoenix-Talent School District.