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Media invited to observe the Great Oregon ShakeOut in Eugene (Photo) - 10/16/19

Media is invited to observe students "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" during the Great Shakeout earthquake drill on October 17 at 10:17 a.m. at River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School in Eugene.

More than 710,000 Oregonians are already registered for the ShakeOut! If you would like to register or learn more go to: https://www.shakeout.org/oregon/

Where: River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School 120 West Hilliard Lane, Eugene, OR 97404
When: 9:45 a.m., drill starts at 10:17 a.m.

Media interested in attending please contact Hillary Johnson, Communications Specialist, Eugene School District 4J at (541) 790-7734: johnson_hi.lane.edu.




A ShakeAlert earthquake early warning sensor installed and operating near Hemlock, OR (south of Tillamook, OR)
A ShakeAlert earthquake early warning sensor installed and operating near Hemlock, OR (south of Tillamook, OR)
More than 700,000 registered for the Great Oregon ShakeOut! (Photo) - 10/14/19

If you believe in the adage that there is safety in numbers, it’s time to register to participate in this annual earthquake drill.

Media is invited to Benson High School, Oct. 17, to observe the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill, a Youth Disaster Academy, and to talk to a ShakeAlert early earthquake warning subject matter expert. Representatives from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, FEMA Region X and the University of Oregon will be in attendance. 

The morning of October 17, prior to the drill at 10:17 a.m., students at Benson High School will begin a Youth Disaster Academy organized by Portland Public Schools, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and Portland Fire & Rescue to learn emergency preparedness skills. The training includes hands-only CPR, an introduction to search and rescue/medical triage, small fire suppression, radio communications and an overview of local hazards. 

Also on ShakeOut day, more than 277 Neighborhood Emergency Team members in the Portland area will participate in the fifth semi-annual, city-wide emergency response exercise from 6 to 9 p.m. on the evening of the ShakeOut.

This year’s ShakeOut is happening as valuable new, early earthquake warning technology, ShakeAlert, is being developed and implemented. An early-warning system, ShakeAlert detects significant earthquakes quickly so that alerts can reach many people before shaking starts.  A ShakeAlert subject matter expert from the University of Oregon will be available to talk about ShakeAlert and its implementation in Oregon. 

WHAT:             Great Oregon ShakeOut and Youth Disaster Academy

WHEN:             October 17, 9:15-11 a.m. (ShakeOut drill takes place at 10:17 a.m., lasting approximately two minutes)

WHERE:           Benson High School (546 NE 12th Ave); please check in with front office upon arrival.

SITE CONTACT: Dan Douthit, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, (503) 793-1650

All Oregonians are encouraged to join the ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. on October 17 and to practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold On." For more information, and to register for the ShakeOut, go to: www.shakeout.org/oregon.

“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.

Largest Quake Drill Helps Teach What To Do When the Shaking Starts (Photo) - 10/03/19

The Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill is almost here and it’s time to think about what you would do during an earthquake. The world’s largest earthquake drill is Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m., and more than 600,000 Oregonians are already registered. You can register at shakeout.org to participate and be counted.

Oregon is earthquake country. In 1993 western Oregon experienced two damaging earthquakes, Scotts Mills (magnitude 5.6) and Klamath Falls (magnitudes 5.9 and 6). Molalla High School and the State Capitol building were severely damaged.

In addition to those crustal fault earthquakes, there is evidence that a massive subduction zone earthquake will happen off the coast from Northern California to British Columbia with force similar to that which hit Indonesia in 2004, and Japan in 2011, during subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis.

By preparing now for future earthquakes, we can protect our homes and families.

Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes by knowing how to "Drop, Cover and Hold On."  ShakeOut organizers say that to react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down or drops something on you.

To learn more about earthquakes in Oregon and how to prepare visit: https://www.oregon.gov/OEM/hazardsprep/Pages/Earthquakes.aspx

This helpful video shows you what to do during an earthquake: https://tinyurl.com/y8zkes8f

Are you prepared to survive and to recover quickly?