Monday, May 22, 2017

Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Seminar in Vancouver

RED CROSS HOLDS FREE EARTHQUAKE & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR IN VANCOUVER


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: May 22nd, 2017 3:57 PM
Downloadable file: Prepare Out Loud Vancouver Flyer
Downloadable file: Prepare Out Loud Vancouver News Release
The Red Cross is helping our community to be prepared for disasters big and small by holding its 'Prepare Out Loud' earthquake and disaster preparedness presentation in Vancouver on May 25.

VANCOUVER, Wa., May 22, 2017 --The American Red Cross and our community partners are helping Oregonians to better understand the impact of a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Vancouver on May 25.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. The presentation also shares preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

Prepare Out Loud Vancouver
* Date & Time: Thursday, May 25, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m.
* Location: Pearson Air Museum, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
1115 East 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
* The presentation is FREE and open to the public. RSVP at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudVancouver

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
* The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
* Human behavior during disasters
* What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
* How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
* How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

About Prepare Out Loud:
Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective to the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

Prepare Out Loud presentations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are made possible by our generous regional partners:
* NW Natural
* Mountain House

Prepare Out Loud Vancouver is made possible by our generous event partners:
* Vancouver Community Energy Fund and Vancouver Energy

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable," said James Merryman, president & chief operating officer of OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House Foods). "The information it provides will help them and their families understand they can take a positive step by starting to prepare now. They will find some comfort in knowing they can help their family and friends in the event of such as disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention."

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "I came to the presentation knowing I would learn more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulates preparedness."

Visit redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
* A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
* Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
* Preparedness tips for seniors
* Preparedness tips for pets
* Information about water sources and storage
* Information on how to prepare out loud

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and Instagram @RedCrossCascades.
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