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Great Oregon Shakeout tomorrow provides opportunity to practice preparedness

Oct 16, 2013

News-Register Staff

A (mock) earthquake will be hitting Oregon tomorrow morning, at 10:17, and organizers of the annual Great Oregon Shakeout are asking that state residents respond, wherever they are, by dropping to the ground, if possible under a sturdy desk or table, and holding on for a full minute, just as they would in a real quake.

In Yamhill County, visitors to county facilities may be advised to take cover, and evacuate the building, once the "shaking" stops.

County Assistant Emergency Manager Sue Lamb said in a press release that the exercise will take less than half an hour but that "practice goes a long way to being better prepared when an emergency strikes."

She said that "for Yamhill County staff this is a chance to think about their working areas and actually practice taking cover for when, not if, a significant earthquake occurs in our region."

Currently, best advice for action during an earthquake is summarized as "drop, cover, and hold" onto whatever object you're sheltering under. If there is nothing to shelter under, crouch near an inside wall, with your arms over your head and neck, taking care to avoid being in the path of furniture or heavy or breakable items that could fall on you. People in wheelchairs should lock the wheels and cover their head and neck with their arms.

The website about the event also gives directions for how to proceed if an earthquake occurs while you are outside, driving, in a tall building, or other potentially hazardous situations.

They're also suggesting that people take the opportunity to learn a bit more about earthquakes, and how to prepare for them.

To learn more about the event, and to register your participation, visit the website at

The site also contains information about local earthquake risks, and resources.

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