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The Great Shake Out Drill

EUGENE, Ore. — The Great Shake Out, a national drill drawing attention to earthquake awareness, will take place Thursday.

At 10:17 a.m., approximately 23,000 residences and businesses will take part in the Drop, Cover, Hold event. They’ll be contacted by the Community Emergency Notification System asking people to consider how they would respond to an earthquake.

Officials say earthquakes are a growing concern due to the potential impact of a quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. A recent Oregon Resilience Plan report indicated a 33 percent chance a large earthquake will strike our area in the next 50 years.

CENS will also inform participants about Alert Me, an emergency notification system designed to deliver messages via phone and text message throughout Lane County. Residents can sign up to receive Alert Me messages here.

For more Eugene emergency management information, click here.

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