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Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “drop, cover, and hold on” at 10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16 during Great ShakeOut earthquake drills. This is particularly important for Pacific Northwest residents who live near the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the 600-mile long earthquake fault stretching from offshore northern California to southern British Columbia.
The Great ShakeOut takes place on a specific day and time each year to increase earthquake preparedness. Participants DROP to the ground, take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table (or against a wall with your arms covering your head/neck), and HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.
The American Red Cross Cascades Region, Oregon Emergency Management, and various schools and agencies across the state will participate. Local businesses that have registered include Fred Meyer, Intel, Salem Hospital, Citizens Bank, Evergreen School District and the City of Vancouver.
10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2014
American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter
3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland
The Cascades Region is hosting its second annual “Great #ShakeOutSelfie” contest. People participating in the ShakeOut exercise are encouraged to snap a photo of themselves (aka “selfie” during the drill and to tweet the image to @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie. Participants are eligible for a variety of disaster kit items provided by Oregon Emergency Management. Full contest rules are posted at https://www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Great-ShakeOut-Selfies-Contest-2014.
In addition to practicing actions to stay safe during an earthquake, the Great ShakeOut is a great opportunity to update emergency plans and supplies, and to download the Red Cross Earthquake App. To learn more about the Great ShakeOut visit www.shakeout.org.