All City of Corvallis facilities will temporarily close on October 19 for the Great Oregon ShakeOut
. The statewide earthquake drill will begin at 10:19 a.m. and will last for approximately 30 minutes.
During the event, staff, patrons and visitors will practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On” techniques for about two minutes, followed by an orderly practice evacuation.
All City facilities will be taking part in the drill. The event will impact some previously scheduled programs. At the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, storytime at 10 a.m. is canceled, and all public computers will be unavailable until after 10:45 a.m. at all library locations to accommodate the drill.
Likewise, visitors and patrons at Parks and Recreation facilities, including Osborn Aquatic Center and Chintimini Senior and Community Center, will be invited to take part in the exercise. Some programs may be adjusted to work around the earthquake drill.
More than 520,000 Oregonians are already registered to take part in the Great Oregon ShakeOut, and over 36.5 million are registered worldwide. Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work or travel. The Great ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves and for everyone to become prepared. To respond quickly and appropriately, you must practice. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down or something falls on you.
The “Drop, Cover and Hold On” technique is considered the best way to protect yourself during an earthquake:
• DROP to the ground before the earthquake knocks you down.
• Take COVER under a sturdy table or desk or cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.
• HOLD ON to the table/desk legs if you can until the shaking stops.
Millions of people worldwide have participated in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake drills since 2008. The Great Oregon ShakeOut is held the third Thursday of October each year.