Thousands Participate In ShakeOut

MEDFORD, Ore. – The world’s largest earthquake preparedness drill was this morning, meant to get people ready for “the big one.” It’s called The Great ShakeOut and, in Oregon, more than 130,000 people ducked, covered and held on.

The Great Oregon ShakeOut happened on Thursday exactly at 10:18 a.m. Oregon Emergency Management led the state-wide effort to bring awareness to earthquake safety. Numerous families businesses and schools participated.

“We don’t have them a lot so people forget that we could have one. But the Cascadia earthquake, if that happens or when that happens, that will be a large scale disaster and so we want to be make sure Oregonians are prepared,” Red Cross Executive Director Amy Thuren.

This year over 27,000 people in Southern Oregon participated. For more information on earthquake safety, click here.