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Prepare for quake during Great ShakeOut; Voters have new ballot drop-off options

Prepare for quake during Great ShakeOut

Millions of people around the world — including more than 510,000 and counting in Oregon — will practice how to survive an earthquake during the Great ShakeOut Drill set for 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

That's when organizers want participants to practice the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" response to the first tremors of an earthquake. (Drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table and Hold On until the shaking stops.) It's the reaction recommended by many public safety agencies.

The drills are especially important in Oregon, which lies at a convergent continental boundary where two tectonic plates are colliding. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600-mile-long earthquake fault stretching from Northern California to southern British Columbia, has been building up stress for hundreds of years; eventually, it is expected to rip apart, potentially creating some of the largest earthquakes and tsunamis in history.

Students at several Lake Oswego schools are already scheduled to participate; so is PrepLO and the Waluga Neighborhood Association. To learn more or to sign up, go to: www.shakeout.org/oregon/index.html.

Voters have new ballot drop-off options

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A new, large-capacity ballot box has been installed in the Fourth Street parking lot behind City Hall (380 A Ave.), replacing a smaller box that was installed a couple of years ago.Voters in Lake Oswego will have a couple of new options when it comes time to drop off ballots for the Nov. 6 general election. Ballots will no longer be collected at the library, City officials say. Instead:

• A new, large-capacity collection box has been installed in the Fourth Street parking lot behind City Hall (380 A Ave.), replacing a smaller box that was installed a couple of years ago; and

• A new ballot box was scheduled to be installed Oct. 4 at Westlake Park to serve the west side of town. It will be located in the parking lot adjacent to the restrooms closest to the tennis courts.

Both permanent boxes will be available for drop-offs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ballots are expected to be in the mail to voters on Oct. 17; they must be dropped off by 8 p.m. on Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

— The Review

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