American Red Cross Promoting Earthquake Disaster Preparation
February 18, 2011 08:50 am
BEND, OR -- It's not a matter of if, but when. Earthquake experts say the Northwest is over due for "The Big One", a quake 8.0 or larger. The American Red Cross, in partnership with the Deschutes County Sheriff' Office Emergency Services program, will sponsor two presentations early next week to discuss what to do when the big one hit. Tom Farley with the Oregon Mountain River Chapter of the Red Cross was a guest Friday morning on Wake Up Bend! He said the quake itself would be only part of the disaster. He said the aftermath and cleanup is what will have the longest lasting affect on Oregonian.
"They're thinking that this next quake is going to require that every community in Oregon is self sustaining for up to three weeks. That means no outside help for three weeks. Water, power, sanitation, food, heat, all of those things."
James Roddey from the Oregon Department of Geology, will explore the geological records and discuss how "The Big One" will affect the area. Monday's presentation will start at 7 p.m. at the Tower Theater, and Tuesday's will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Redmond VFW hall. Both presentations are free and open to the public.
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