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By Jaymee Cuti

The Great Shakeout is at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Are you prepared?

The Portland Water Bureau is a regional leader in earthquake preparedness work. Everyday, we prepare as part of our daily work - hardening the backbone of our water system and building storage that will last for generations.

In a disaster, everyone has a role to play. Storing water and other supplies will help ensure that your household is ready to weather many events – including a serious earthquake. The Portland Water Bureau launched a September Preparedness Month campaign that brought awareness to the importance of storing water for a disaster such as an earthquake. But preparedness efforts are year-round. Please join the Portland Water Bureau and our partners across the state on Oct. 20 for the Great Oregon Shakeout.

Last year, 390,000 people signed up to be part of this nationwide event and this year, more than 520,000 Oregonians plan to take part. Join thousands of your friends and neighbors and get ready to drop, cover, and hold on for the Great Oregon Shakeout! At 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, we are practicing for an earthquake by getting under our desks or another sturdy piece of furniture, covering our heads, and holding on for a full minute. Once you’re in place, take a photo and share it through your own personal social media networks with the hashtag #GreatShakeOut. See ours for inspiration!

As we’re fond of saying, everyone has a role to play in preparing for natural disasters and other emergencies. For more information on how to prepare for a variety of emergencies, check out these sites:


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