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March is Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month!

Get a copy of Governor Kitzhaber’s Proclamation [pdf format]
Tsunami Road Show
Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations Workshop
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management in association with Oregon office on Disability and Health will be holding a series of free workshops on Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations. These workshops will help those who work with elders, daycare/infant care, people with disabilities, or other vulnerable groups learn more about how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis, and other natural disasters.
Where and will this training workshops be held?
March 11,
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Chetco Community Public Library
405 Alder Street,
Brookings, OR
March 12
Gold Beach
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Gold Beach City Hall
29592 Ellensburg Avenue,
Gold Beach, OR 97444
March 13
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Bandon Public Library
Sprague Room
1204 11th St SW
Bandon, OR 97411
March 14,
North Bend
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Bay Area Community Health & Education Center
3950 Sherman Avenue
North Bend, OR
March 17
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Lower Umpqua Hospital Conference Room
600 Ranch Road,
Reedsport, OR 97467
March 18
9:00 AM
11:00 AM
Siuslaw Fire and Rescue, Florence
2625 U.S. 101
Florence, OR 97439
Wednesday March 19
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Oregon Coast Community College
400 SE College Way,
Newport, OR 97366
March 20
Lincoln City
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Driftwood Library
801 U.S. 101 #201,
Lincoln City, OR 97367
March 21
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Tillamook Library
1716 3rd Street
Tillamook, OR 97141
March 26
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Providence Seaside Hospital,
Education Conference Room A
725 S. Wahanna Road,
Seaside, OR 97138
March 27
1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Judge Guy Boyington Building
857 Commercial,
Astoria, OR 97103
Who should attend?
Anyone who works in elder care, daycare/infant care, domestic violence, substance abuse, behavioral health, people with access or functional needs, people with disabilities, and/or people that care for that population, non-English speakers or other vulnerable populations…
What will you learn?
You will learn about the natural hazard posed by the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes and tsunamis and its impact on your business or services. Participants will be given preparedness information tailored to vulnerable population support services.
How long will this take?
Most of the workshop will be about 2 hours, but can last longer if there are lots of good questions and discussion.
What will the outcome be?
Participants will know more about the hazard and the start of a game-plan for getting better prepared.
Who will be presenting the workshop?
Dr. Althea Rizzo, Geological Hazards Program Coordinator at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. She is an experienced presenter with a long history of natural hazards education in Oregon.
Justin E. Ross, Disaster Preparedness Community Outreach and Training Program Coordinator for Oregon Office on Disability and Health.  He is an emergency management professional specializing in vulnerable populations disaster planning and preparedness.  
How do I register or get more information?
·         Please contact Dr. Althea Rizzo, althea.rizzo@state.or.us.
·         Provide your name, agency, email address, and which workshop you wish to attend.
·         Put “EQ Workshop” in subject line.
·         Pre-registered participants will receive a certificate of completion.
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Oregon ShakeOut

Join millions of others in the largest Drop, Cover, and Hold On earthquake drill ever! The latest Great Oregon ShakeOut took place on October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.   Visit the ShakeOut website to register and be counted or OEM's ShakeOut page for more information..
Learn how to do the Oregon Duck, cover, and hold.



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Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest

Since the late 1980´s, the citizens of Oregon have become increasingly aware that their home  is definitely earthquake country and that damaging earthquakes will strike the state. This growing awareness increased dramatically in 1993 when western Oregon experienced two damaging upper crustal earthquakes, Scotts Mills (magnitude 5.6) and Klamath Falls (magnitudes 5.9 and 6). The last significant earthquake in Oregon, prior to 1993, was in 1962. This earthquake shook the Portland area with a magnitude of 5.2. Next door in Washington, the Puget Sound area experienced even larger and more damaging intraplate earthquakes in 1949 and 1965 with magnitudes of 7.1 and 6.5, respectively.
In addition to earthquake activity in the historic record, prehistoric evidence for great subduction zone earthquakes and associated tsunamis has been found in coastal wetlands along the Pacific Northwest coast. The last one, approximately 300 years ago, may have been a magnitude 9 or greater, affecting coastlines from British Columbia to Northern California. What is most surprising is that evidence for this great earthquake also came from Japan. Japanese historic records indicate that a destructive distantly-produced tsunami struck their coast on January 26, 1700. It is very possible that the subduction zone earthquake, that produced this tsunami, occurred off the Pacific Northwest coast. Indian legends also lend some support to the timing of this last event.
A wealth of geological and seismological information on earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest is found on The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries and the U. of Washington Seismology Lab web sites. The sites include general information on the location and types of earthquakes, earthquake magnitudes and intensities, etc. Catalogs and location maps of recent PNW earthquakes, plus earthquake-related articles and hazard publications are also found on these sites.
For those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest, we can no longer be complacent about the potential risks that earthquakes pose to life and property. Therefore, it is imperative to prepare for the earthquake, especially before it happens. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Mitigation and the U. of Washington Seismology Lab web sites offer much information on what to do before, during, and after the earthquake. By preparing for and mitigating hazards now, deaths, injuries and property damage will be greatly reduced and recovery from the earthquake will be much easier financially and socially and much faster.
If you have questions, or would like further information, please contact Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator.

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There have been recent inquiries to Oregon Emergency Management regarding an article circulating on email promoting the “Triangle of Life” protective measure during earthquakes rather than using the Drop, Cover and Hold procedure recommended in Oregon and throughout the United States. While the advice in the “Triangle of Life,” article is well intentioned; its prescribed actions are gleaned only from worst-case accounts from collapsed buildings outside of the United States. Because buildings in the United States are built to stricter codes and enforcement standards than those in other countries, including Mexico, and Turkey, collapses from earthquakes in the U.S. are rare. Structural analysis and behavioral studies confirm that the use of Drop, Cover and Hold reduces the likelihood of serious injury, since most earthquake injuries are a result of falling nonstructural elements (lighting fixtures, ceiling tiles, windows) and contents (appliances, shelves, office equipment). Post-earthquake investigations in recent California earthquakes have shown that most injuries occurred when building occupants attempted to exit buildings or move to a different location in the building. Drop, Cover and Hold is the earthquake safety procedure recommended by Oregon Emergency Management, the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the US Geological Survey, and the American Red Cross. Recent scientific research has found that Oregon will experience future earthquakes. Ultimately, Oregon residents should evaluate the earthquake readiness of their homes and work places and take appropriate steps to reduce their risk from structural and nonstructural building components. More information can be found at this link

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Publications, Presentations, and Other Information

Seismic Event Guidebook (Mass Media Binder)

Tommy Tsunami and Earnie
Earthquake Coloring Book from NOAA
Living on Shaky Ground, How to Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Oregon.  Contact us for a copy.
Go-Kit Passport, Use this passport to create a record of your important information. Keep current medical and communication information in one easy-to-find location with your emergency go-kit.  Print it out double sided or contact us for a copy. 

2014 Cascadia Presentation
2012 Road Show Slides  

Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness Train the Trainer 2011  
Preparing for the "Big One", Cascadia Subduction Zone, a Town Hall presentation by OEM. 
Prepare, Protect, and Recover Procedures
Earthquake evacuation checklist  
Lincoln City Tsunami Evacuation Route (English or Spanish
Link to FEMA´s earthquake information page
"Earthquake: Prepardness and Response": This site to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has all the information need to know about earthquakes.
"Secure and Protect - Non-Structural Earthquake Hazard Mitigation in the Office and Home"; This "How-To" brochure provides valuable information, illustrations and checklists about how to make your home and office more resistant to the effects of earthquakes.

QuakeSmart, Mitigation Works for Businesses

Preparing for the Big One: Cascadia Subduction Zone, 2013 Northwest Occupational Health Conference Slide Show presented by OEM

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Seismic Training Videos

The following videos need Real Player for viewing.  If you do not have Real Player please download a free copy at Real Player.
Earthquake Sources 
Earthquake Hazards 
Laws and Grant program 
Earthquake Risk Management 
Tsunami Evacuation Buildings 
Portland Hotspot: Critical Energy Infrastructure 

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