Story from Oregon Dept. of Geology
Recent earthquakes offshore of Japan and Chile and the Haiti earthquake remind us that we live in an unstable world and that everyone needs to be prepared for natural disasters. Scientific evidence suggests that there is a 10% probability that a Cascadia Subduction Zone event offshore Oregon will happen in the next 30 years.
To help raise awareness, Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed March 2012 as Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month in Oregon.
You cannot prevent the next earthquake, tsunami, or other disaster but you can get ready. Even under the best of circumstances, medical aid and first responders may not be able to reach you for hours, or even days. In a disaster, local resources can be overwhelmed. Japan is the most technologically-advanced country in the world, but two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, some areas were only just being reached. It is our responsibility ˆ as individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities ˆ to reduce risks beforehand, prepare for the critical period immediately after the earthquake or tsunami and to make sure that planning for disasters has the high priority it deserves.
Have you made sure that your family, friends, and neighbors will survive if an earthquake or tsunami strikes?
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) have been working to reduce loss of life due to a tsunami in Oregon by accurately mapping the tsunami inundation hazard zone, increasing awareness of where the zone is and what the warning signs will be for the approaching tsunami. The program also enhances formal preparedness and evacuation planning with local authorities and stakeholders through its Tsunami Outreach Oregon campaign. Many events are planned for March! Please consider participating and learn how to be prepared!
Calendar of Earthquake and Tsunami Outreach Events on the Oregon Coast: Click here.
Included on the list you’ll see a ” Tsunami Road Show Readiness Fair” in Newport, March 17th, from3-7pm at Newort City Hall. The meeting agenda says “Learn how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis. Know what to do to survive. Talk with first responders and emergency officials. It’s sponsored by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (Emergency Management), Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Geology and Minerals Industries, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service and American Red Cross.
A Cutler City Tsunami Drill is scheduled for Cutler City (part of Lincoln City) for Wednesday, March 14, 9:30am to 11:30am at 6531 SW Galley, Cutler City at Pacific Baptist Church.
Another Tsunami Road Show will be held in Lincoln City Thursday, March 15th, 3-7pm, at North Lincoln Fire and Rescue at the Taft Station at 4520 SE Highway 101. Learn how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis, how to survive them and how to talk with first responders and emergency officials.
A Tsunami Road Show and Readiness Fair will be held in Yachats March 16th, 9am-non at the Yachats Presbyterian Church at 360 W 7th, Yachats.
Toledo Tsunami Road Show kicks of Friday, March 16th, 3-7pm at the Toledo Fire Station at 275 NE Burgess.
Depoe Bay Tsunami Road Show Readiness Fair, Saturday, March 17, Gleneden Beach Fire Station, 6445 Gleneden Beach Loop Road, Gleneden Beach.