Last month the County Commissioners passed a resolution proclaiming their support, countywide, for the Great Oregon Shakeout. This year’s exercise takes place on October 17, 2011, at 10:17 a.m.

The "ShakeOut" earthquake drills, which are now held worldwide, hopes to motivate people to be prepared, to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" to protect themselves during earthquakes at work, school and home. To participate, organizations and individuals can register on the Great Oregon ShakeOut at

Emergency Manager Gordon McCraw said, “Registering lets the County and the State know what people are planning for their drills and how many people are involved plus, once they register they will also receive updates and other preparedness information."

The ShakeOut began in southern California in 2008 as a way of involving the general public in a large-scale emergency management exercise which has now grown to become the largest public preparedness exercise in the United States. More than 14.5 million people in the U.S., and 160,000 Oregonians participated in ShakeOut 2012.

Part of the appeal of the ShakeOut is its simplicity. At a minimum, participants practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold On," the recommended procedure for self-protection in an earthquake. Many schools and other organizations also practice additional aspects of their preparedness plans.

While the 2008 California ShakeOut was initially conceived as a one-time event, participant demand convinced organizers to develop the ShakeOut into a statewide, annual event. This year the Great Oregon ShakeOut will be held on October 17, 2013, at 10:17 a.m. PST, with over 13.7 million people in businesses, government offices, neighborhoods, schools and as individuals already currently registered.

ShakeOut is hopefully changing the way people and organizations are approaching community-wide earthquake preparedness. McCraw said, “Tillamook County’s risk of a 9.0 magnitude or higher, earthquake, similar to Japan’s 2011 earthquake increases each year.” Althea Rizzo, the Geologic Hazards Coordinator for Oregon Emergency Management suggests residents and visitor should, “Choose to be a survivor, not a victim when an earthquake strikes!”

To learn more about the Oregon ShakeOut, visit their webpage at

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