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PHOTO RELEASE: 2018 Great Oregon ShakeOut, Oregon's largest ever quake drill! (Photo) - 10/19/18

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management would like to thank local, tribal, state, federal, media, private and non-profit partners for helping to make this year’s Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill a success. The most ever, 672,623, Oregonians participated in this year’s drill!

Rigler Elementary School in Portland was one of many schools in Oregon that learned about earthquakes and what to do during a quake. With help from their teachers, students throughout the state “Dropped, Covered, and Held On!” during the nation’s largest earthquake drill, “The Great ShakeOut” yesterday, Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m.

“As we build a culture of preparedness within our youth it’s going to benefit Oregonians for decades to come,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps.

 

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A student at Rigler Elementary School in Portland, Ore., conducts a media interview after participating in the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. This year’s drill was the largest ever with 672,623 Oregonians registered. (Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Photo by Dan Douthit)

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Students from Rigler Elementary School in Portland, Ore., "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!" during the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. This year's drill was the largest ever with 672,623 Oregonians registered. (Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Photo by Dan Douthit)

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Students from Rigler Elementary School in Portland, Ore., learn about the earthquakes before the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. This year's drill was the largest ever with 672,623 Oregonians registered. (Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory Grogan)

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Students from Rigler Elementary School in Portland, Ore., "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!" during the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. This years drill was the largest ever with 672,623 Oregonians registered. (Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory Grogan)

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Time to ShakeOut Oregon! (Photo) - 10/17/18

In partnership with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Rigler Elementary School in Portland, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is inviting media to observe Rigler students drop, cover, and hold on during the nation’s largest earthquake drill, “The Great ShakeOut” scheduled Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m.

As of today, nearly 560,000 are registered in Oregon for the Great Oregon ShakeOut!

OEM would also like to encourage the public and media outside Portland to participate on ShakeOut day! If you have questions about how to observe or participate in your area please contact lic.info@state.or.us">public.info@state.or.us.

“Earthquakes are one of the natural hazards we face in Oregon and “The Great ShakeOut is a safe and fun way to practice what to do when seismic activity occurs,” says Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards awareness program coordinator at Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management.

If you would like to observe please arrive at 9:30 a.m. at Rigler elementary school, 5401 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR 97218.

This year’s Great ShakeOut is happening as the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) along with a coalition of state and university partners are developing and testing the ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning (EEW) system that detects significant earthquakes so quickly that alerts can reach many people before shaking occurs.

"ShakeAlert is a critical investment in reducing risk for our nation’s future," said USGS Director, Jim Reilly. "Our country’s first public earthquake early warning system will allow citizens, institutions, and managers of essential infrastructure to take timely actions that will save lives and property."   

Learn more about ShakeAlert by visiting the USGS website that offers ShakeAlert science, multimedia, news and more.