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Great Oregon ShakeOut

Bill Hailey sang “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” which kind of rhymes with “drop, cover and hold,” which is appropriate, because when the big shake, rattle, and roll comes, we should all drop, cover and hold.   On Thursday, October 17th, at exactly 10:17 am, I will join thousands of Oregonians – like 250,000 Oregonians - to do just that and I hope you are all part of “The Great Oregon ShakeOut.”

The Great Oregon ShakeOut is an opportunity for all of us to practice what to do during an earthquake.  During the drill (or when shaking starts during a real quake) it is critically important that you do three things:

  • DROP down onto your hands and knees.
  • COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, then - and only then - should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
  • HOLD ON to your shelter (or your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around. Wherever you are, protect yourself.

After a real earthquake, once the SHAKING STOPS exit the building and gather at your designated meeting point. Be prepared for aftershocks. (No, you don’t need to exit on Thursday after the ShakeOut.)

As a City Commissioner, preparing for a large earthquake is one of my top priorities.  However, most important, is how YOU prepare to take care of yourself and your family.

It is critically important that you have a home emergency plan and supplies like protein bars, flashlights, batteries, a hand-crank radio and filtered water.  Should a large earthquake hit, the City has plans it will employ, but depending on the impact, you and your family may have to camp for awhile.

To learn what you can do to get prepared before the next earthquake, there will be an event this Wednesday (10/16) in the City Hall Atrium from 9 a.m. – noon. Staff from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Portland Fire & Rescue and Oregon Emergency Management along with volunteers from the Red Cross,Portland’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) program, PREPOregon and Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) will be on hand to provide valuable safety information and answer questions.

For more information, go to the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management’s website – or visit