Oregon ShakeOut: Earthquake Drill Thursday!

ShakeOut_OregonJoin SE Neighbors for the 2012 Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill this Thursday (October 18th at 10:18 a.m.).  Participating is a great way for your family or organization to become better prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes. Here is how to have a basic Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill, and what to do after (additional instructions for how to participate are also available for each ShakeOut participation category).

  • If you have downloaded the drill broadcast, prepare in advance (test your speakers or P.A. system) to play it at 10:18.
  • At 10:18, practice how you will Drop, Cover, and Hold On, for at least 60 seconds (the length of the drill broadcast):
    • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
    • 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
  • Then, importantly, talk with people you are with about what might happen in a real earthquake, what you learned by practicing, and how you can reduce the risk of injury (at home, work, or school) by securing your space. Share stories of what you learned by participating by commenting on this post.

Read a new message from President Obama encouraging participation nationally, as well as a letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Thank you for your participation in this historic event and for your commitment to disaster preparedness.