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Kitzhaber declares October Great ShakeOut Month
by Donna Millsap - The Oregon Herald
  Monday October 14, 2013 - 10:29 AM
SALEM, Oregon - Gov. John Kitzhaber has proclaimed Oct. 17 as Oregon Great ShakeOut month. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management encourages individuals, businesses, and schools to participate in the nationwide earthquake drill.

More than 200,000 Oregonians have registered for the Oregon Great ShakeOut, and will join 19 million people worldwide in the largest drop, cover, and hold drill in history.

"A major earthquake will strike our state sometime in the future, it's critical Oregonians know what to do when the big one hits," said Dave Stuckey, director of the Office of Emergency Management.

Scientific findings indicate Oregon is at risk for a magnitude 9.0 or higher earthquake within the next 50 years. Oregon is located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault line stretching from California to British Columbia, that is due for a major quake.

Participating in the ShakeOut is easy - register at and drop, cover, and hold on at 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17. You can participate as an individual, or with your business or school.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management in partnership with the American Red Cross will host a media event on the day of the ShakeOut:

The American Red Cross will take part in the ShakeOut at 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17. Employees will practice preparedness as they drop, cover, and hold for the earthquake drill.

In support of the ShakeOut, the City of Portland, OEM and several other agencies are participating in an earthquake preparedness fair on Wednesday, October 16th from 9 a.m. - noon at Portland City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave).

This is the third annual ShakeOut for the state of Oregon. More than 37 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Province of British Columbia will take part in earthquake drills on the same day.

For more information about the ShakeOut, go to

Photo: Gov. John Kitzhaber.

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