Earthquake Disaster Preparedness

Oregon is located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. What does that mean? It means our state, as well as Washington and California, are subject to the threat of major earthquakes. Did you know that Oregon is the tenth most likely state to experience a quake of magnitude 3.5 or more? Even these smaller trembles can damage your home and belongings. Learn more about Earthquake Insurance.

Before an Earthquake

  • Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Fasten shelves securely and place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
  • Breakable items should be stored in low, closed cabinets with a latch.
  • Heavy wall items should be attached securely and away from beds, couches, or anywhere people might be underneath.
  • Brace overhead light fixtures and top-heavy lamps.
  • Have defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections repaired by a qualified professional.
  • Secure water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances with strapping or bolting. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic vibration shut-off valve installed.
  • Keep cracks in ceiling or foundation repaired and check often for structural defects.
  • Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products on bottom shelves in closed cabinets with a latch.
  • Locate the safest spot in each room under a sturdy table or against inside wall. No doorways.
  • Hold family earthquake drills: Drop, cover and hold on.

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