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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sheriff Jim Adkins parctices 'drop, cover, and hold on' during the ShakeOut drill.By Mark Carman

J.C. emergency manager

With over 530,000 Oregonians participating in this year’s earthquake drill, 700 of them reside in Jefferson County.

On Thursday Oct. 15, at 10:15 am, two members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Great Oregon Shake-out.

The statewide exercise was designed to prepare you and your family in the event of an earthquake. By following “Drop, Cover and Hold” under a desk or table, you have a better chance of being protected from falling debris or structural building collapse.

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

We are not exempt in Jefferson County, we very well could experience minor shaking and loss of utilities. Being prepared and not scared will help us in a time of disaster. Additionally, are we prepared in event of a long-term power outage? How about food – can we survive for 72 hours with the food we have on hand.

Now is the time to prepare. There is plenty of information available to assist you and your family in developing a plan. Two great resources are the Office of Emergency Management in Salem and your local emergency manager in Jefferson County. For more information, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-475-6520.

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