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Earthquake: Be Prepared, Create A Plan Of Action

The Oregon Emergency Management department recommends families create a plan of action for earthquakes, tsunamis and other regional disasters. The seven steps are:

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.

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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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For more information:

* www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM

* www.earthquake.usgs.gov/learning/preparedness

* www.oregontsunami.org

* www.oregongeology.org

--Craig Coleman

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