RECOMMENDATIONS

 

“Plan to Be on Your Own for at Least 2 Weeks”

--Emergency Management Division, WA


After an earthquake it’s key to have adequate water, food and safety supplies on hand.  If you’ve gathered the recommended supplies, you’ll be able to meet your basic needs instead of scrambling at a time of limited resources.  

 

What is the recommendation for preparing for a Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) Earthquake?

 Emergency Managers recommend having at least two weeks of supplies to take care of ourselves and our families after a Cascadia earthquake.  Plus, each of us should have an emergency plan.

 

 


 

 

Who are these “Emergency Managers?”

Oregon Office of Emergency Management. See detailed recommendations

Washington Emergency Management Division. See detailed recommendations

American Red Cross Cascades Region (detailed recommendations (link)

 


 

 

Why two weeks?

Subduction zone earthquakes are biggest on earth which means 3-5 minutes of shaking (perspective: San Andreas Fault earthquakes last around 30 seconds). Most roads will be impassable, so it’ll take a couple of weeks for relief to arrive.

Picture no running water (or toilets), no electricity and no cell phones service for weeks. The two week recommendation is to allow you to bridge the gap and take care of yourself until relief comes.

 

 


 

When will the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake happen? 

This one’s a bummer. There’s no way to know when it will happen, only that it will. That’s how earthquakes work, no warning. The last CSZ earthquake was in 319 years ago and the fault has been building up pressure ever since. The average interval between Cascadia earthquakes has been 243 years.

After an earthquake it’s key to have adequate water, food and safety supplies on hand.  If you’ve gathered the recommended supplies, you’ll be able to meet your basic needs instead of scrambling at a time of limited resources.

   

 

How Do I Prepare?

We offer 3 levels of two-week home earthquake kits. All have recommended water storage, food and critical safety supplies. Our Comprehensive Home Kit was designed to meet the recommendations set forth in Oregon Office of Emergency Management’s Living on Shaky Ground publication and the American Red Cross, Cascades Region’s Prepare! A Resource Guide. 

 

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