In advance of the Great Oregon ShakeOut drill on Oct. 21, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is holding a public webinar from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. this Thursday, Oct. 14, on how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis in Oregon.

OEM’s geologic hazards program coordinator, Althea Rizzo, will discuss the types of earthquakes that occur in Oregon, what to expect during a Cascadia subduction zone event and what to do during an earthquake. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

To attend the webinar via Zoom, go to People can also participate on the telephone by calling 253-215-8782, entering meeting ID 873 8281 4594 and then entering passcode 088648

The webinar will be simultaneously aired live on OEM’s Facebook page and later shared on YouTube.

About the Great Oregon ShakeOut

The Great Oregon ShakeOut is a global event encouraging people to prepare for and practice how to be safer during an earthquake. This year’s official ShakeOut drill is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. on Oct. 21. Wherever they are at that moment, people are encouraged to drop, cover and hold on as if there were a major earthquake occurring, and stay in that position for at least 60 seconds. They can also choose to hold their own ShakeOut drill: Pick another date and include people in multiple locations — like home, work or school — through video conferencing. Organizers say that participating in the Great Oregon ShakeOut helps Oregonians reduce their risk in the event of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. The event also serves as a reminder to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies. More than 500,000 Oregonians have signed up for this year’s ShakeOut.

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