The Oregon Emergency Management department recommends families create a plan of action for earthquakes, tsunamis and other regional disasters. The seven steps are:
1 -- Identify potential earthquake and tsunami hazards in your home and begin to fix them.
2 -- Create a disaster preparedness plan that outlines how to react, respond, communicate and recover during and after an earthquake or tsunami.
3 -- Prepare disaster supply kits that contain medication, first aid kits, emergency cash, food and water, and toiletries.
4 -- Identify potential weaknesses -- structural -- that exist in your residence and have them repaired. If you rent, voice safety concerns to your landlord.
5 -- Protect yourself during an earthquake: stop, drop and cover.
6 -- Evacuate if necessary if you live in a tsunami hazard zone and check for injuries and damage.
7 - Once you've met your and your family's immediate needs, continue to follow your preparedness plan.
Did you know?
The majority of the world's earthquakes occur at or near the boundaries between plates -- pieces of the planet's outermost layer. The most seismically-active boundaries are collision zones where one plate dives beneath an adjacent one.
This process is called subduction. Western Oregon is located on top of these areas -- the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The CSZ sits offshore of southern British Columbia and runs all the way to Northern California.
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