People all across the world are participating in a drill called the Great Oregon ShakeOut to rehearse how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake. A little less than half a million residents of the state of Oregon have signed up to take part in this year’s Great ShakeOut drill, which will begin at 10:20 a.m. local time on the 20th of October.
When the ground begins to tremble, people need to know how to protect themselves in the safest way possible.
“Being prepared is going to make a big difference, it will save lives and allow people to survive and be a resource to others who may need their assistance,” says Eric Dittmer, a Geology Professor Emeritus at Southern Oregon University. “Being prepared is going to make a big difference because it will save lives and allow people to survive and be a resource to others who may need their assistance.”
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He recommends taking the technique known as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” whenever an earthquake is occurring since it helps lessen the risk of injury caused by falling objects and flying debris that can occur during earthquakes.
According to Dittmer, “If the ground starts shaking strongly, you may fall and smash something; therefore, getting down low with your centre of gravity first makes sense; cover and hold on.”
Being aware of your surroundings, developing a plan with your family, and ensuring that you and your family have adequate food and supplies to last for up to two weeks are all important aspects of emergency preparedness.
People’s awareness of the need to be prepared for earthquakes should prompt them to consider the condition of our local roads. The Southern Oregon Seismic Resiliency Project is now in the middle of being worked on by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
According to Gary Leaming, the ODOT’s construction Spokesman, the purpose of this project is to prepare bridges and slopes along route 140 and other regions in southern Oregon for earthquakes. Other areas of the state are also included in this preparation. In the event of an earthquake, the Rogue Valley will still be able to maintain its connection to Interstate 5 as well as other states and valleys.
ODOT is working to reinforce and widen the metal support bars that are attached to the vertical and horizontal beams in order to stabilise the structures.
According to Leaming, “We are taking preventative measures by upgrading some of these vital bridges so that after the earthquake we will be able to bring supplies and materials into the country to keep our economy and way of life going.”
The aftermath of an earthquake will make living significantly more difficult. There will be no access to electricity or water, and the most fundamental forms of life support will be required. The importance of these bridges, which connect to key roads, cannot be overstated.
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According to Leaming, “These bridges will be in operation for at least several decades into the future of not a century,” and “we’re looking at those essential pathways, and we’re fortifying these bridges so that in the aftermath of an earthquake we can move supplies into and out of the Rogue Valley.”
This project started in 2020, and it won’t be finished until 2024 or 2025 at the earliest. Construction will continue, but motorists should be aware that it is being directed toward the bridges that are most susceptible to damage in order to protect residents of Southern Oregon.
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