The Big One: Preparing for the earthquake

Columbia Gorge Community College and Hood River County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management present an interactive learning event offering insight into Cascadia earthquake geology, its impacts and preparedness actions residents can take. Cascadia earthquake is “Oregon’s greatest natural threat,” according to the Governor’s Task Force on Resilience.

“The Big One” event will be at Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad St., from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

Free hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a no-host wine bar. A $10 optional donation to cover workshop costs will be accepted.

Geologists agree we are overdue for a magnitude 8.0 to 9.0 Cascadia subduction earthquake, impacting the I-5 corridor from Northern California to Canada, and forecasted as the largest natural disaster in U.S. history, according to Barb Ayers, Hood River County emergency manager. Gorge impacts would be significant, although far less so than to Portland and coastal communities.

How quickly Gorge communities can recover is largely a result of how well communities prepare — and preparedness will help all of us be ready for more common emergencies and disasters such as power outages, winter storms, wildfires and landslides, according to Ayers.

Find out what you can do at this interactive event, with speakers including Ayers and geologist Althea Rizzo, PhD., Hazards program coordinator for Oregon State Office of Emergency Management.

Public safety leaders will host hands-on skill stations, so you can learn how to prepare our communities, businesses, neighborhoods and families.

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