I first learned of the CSZ in the early '90's when my husband and I took the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team training (NET). They told us that damage to Portland from the quake would be severe. We were warned that core drilling samples and studies of Indian legends show the quakes happen every 250-300 years, and so we are already past due for "the big one".
In addition to everyone having a to-go kit nearby, they warned us to always have shoes by the bedside (broken glass!), flashlights with spare batteries, and bicycles to navigate the broken roads. They also wanted to have someone in each neighborhood to have a gas powered chain saw, with extra gasoline, to help with the rescue of family and neighbors, and to help clear downed trees from roads so rescue workers could pass through. We were told not to expect emergency services, and to be self-reliant for at least 3 days. Have cash on hand, because your ATMs won't be working and prices for necessities could become sky-high.
The Red Cross has lots of resources available. The more we do ahead of time, the less problems we will have during the emergency.
Elisa D. in Portland
posted 3 years ago
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