EUGENE, Ore. — The two biggest potential natural disasters faced by Oregonians are flooding and the Cascadia Earthquake, which could strike at any time. Statistics show that many people aren’t prepared for these emergencies, which is why Northwest National is spearheading a statewide effort to educate the public on Saturday.
According to the Community Emergency Response Team, 25 to 30 percent of the population say they’re ready if a natural disaster strikes, and those numbers simply aren’t high enough. Jason York, the emergency manager for the city of Eugene, says that Oregonians face several possible disasters.
“We have the annual-type disasters, with the windstorms and the possibility of flooding and that sort of stuff,” says York, “and fire is a huge concern, especially with what was going on with Douglas County, and everyone is concerned about the Cascadia event earthquake—that 8.0, 9.0 big shake event that’s coming up.”
At Saturday’s event, participants will learn critical steps to prepare for those disasters, like making a plan and creating an emergency kit. The first 100 families who arrive at the event will receive free emergency kits from the American Red Cross. Visitors will also have the chance to see an emergency response vehicle that helped victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Springfield Fire Department, EWEB and CERT will be on hand as well.
The event is free and will be held at Alton Baker Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.