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Practice Earthquake Safety with The Great Oregon ShakeOut on Oct. 18

Join the Portland Water Bureau along with thousands of other Portlanders in The Great Oregon ShakeOut this Thursday, Oct. 18a 10:18 a.m.!

The Great Oregon ShakeOut is an earthquake preparedness drill that provides an opportunity to practice what to do during an earthquake. It is important to know what to do to protect yourself from debris and other hazards during an earthquake.

During the drill (or when shaking starts during a real quake): 

  • DROP down onto your hands and knees.
  • COVER your head and neck, and if possible your entire body, under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, then — and only then — drop and cover near an interior wall or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you.
  • 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. You may be in a situation where you cannot find shelter beneath furniture.
  • After a real earthquake, once the shaking stops, EVACUATE the building and gather at your designated meeting point. Be prepared for aftershocks. 

Experts say it is just a matter of time before the Pacific Northwest could experience a significant earthquake. Taking time to prepare and know what to do is important. 

Are You Prepared for an Earthquake?

One very important way to prepare for emergencies is to keep enough clean water on hand in case our water system is damaged. We can endure lack of food for much longer than we can go without water. Clean, safe, high-quality water is our legacy in the Northwest.

But what happens if water lines are damaged and you can’t just turn on the tap?

How much water do you need to survive a local disaster or emergency?

How can you ensure a supply of safe water for your family?

Discover how to start building an emergency water supply to keep you and your family in water in the event of an emergency.