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A large number of Jefferson County residents signed up to take part in last week's earthquake drill.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins demonstrates how to take cover in the event of an earthquake on  Oct. 18, during the annual Great Oregon ShakeOut drill. The message officials and emergency managers want people to remember is to 'Drop, Cover and Hold On.'Out of the more than 500,000 Oregonians who signed up to participate in this year's Great Oregon ShakeOut drill, about 1,287 were Jefferson County residents.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m., several Jefferson County employees were among those participating in the Great Oregon ShakeOut.

"This year, we had two from the Sheriff's Office, three from Adult Parole and Probation and one from Circuit Court," said Mark Carman, Jefferson County emergency manager. "The exercise went well here at the Sheriff's Office."

The statewide exercise was designed to prepare individuals and families for an earthquake. By simply following the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" advice to take cover under a desk or table, "you have a better chance of being protected from falling debris or structural building collapse," he said.

Recently, there have been discussions in the news regarding the Cascadia Subduction Zone event and the likelihood of a 9.3 magnitude or greater earthquake occurring in the state, he pointed out.

"We are not exempt in Jefferson County; we very well could experience minor shaking and loss of utilities," he said. "Being prepared and not scared will help us in time of disaster."

"Additionally, are we prepared in the event of a long-term power outage?How about food — can we survive for 72 hours with the food we have on hand?" he asked, noting that those are questions residents should consider.

"Now is the time to prepare," Carman advised. "There is plenty of information available to assist you and your family in developing a plan."

Resources available include the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, online at www.oregon.gov/oem, or the local emergency manager. For more information, contact Carman at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 541 475-6520.

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