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CRESWELL, Ore. - Oregon is expected to be hit by a massive earthquake in the next 50 years, and the Secretary of State Emergency Preparedness Audit released back in January of 2018 said the state is nowhere near ready. To combat that, the city of Creswell held an Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday, May 19, to help their citizens learn all about a natural disaster and what it means to be ready.
Many different resources came to the fair, like the South Lane Firefighters, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, National Guard, Life Flight, and more. Staff with the fair said they wanted all those resources there to show people what a natural disaster would look like, and what they might not know about preparing for one.
"People have to understand that they can't depend on city services and they can't depend on the things that they have that they expect on a normal basis,” said Richard Zettervall, Creswell’s City Council President and chair of the fair. “They have to be prepared on their own."
One thing the city was particularly pressing was water storage. They handed out two-and-a-half-gallon water bottles like the one pictured below to encourage people to begin storing water. Staff said many people don’t understand how important it is to have and preserve drinking water during a natural disaster.
Many community members attended the event and said they felt much more educated on how to handle a natural disaster. One man said he was happy to be able to teach his children what he learned so that they could be safe during a disaster even without him.
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