BEND, OR -- The American Red Cross hopes to better prepare Central Oregonians for a large-scale earthquake and other disasters, at a special event at the Tower Theatre, Monday night.
Monique Dugaw, with the Red Cross, says Prepare Out Loud will focus on how to get ready for a possible Cascadia Zone quake, and how to unlock the power of “peer pressure.” She tells KBND News they'll look at "How people influence one another in their own social networks, by taking preparedness actions and then sharing those actions with others. For example, someone has posted their preparedness actions; we see that their social network sees that, and then takes action, as well."
Mid Oregon Credit Union is a sponsor of the event. Kyle Frick says it seemed natural for the company to get involved. "One of the things that we need to do is be prepared as an organization to help support recovery efforts and things like that, so we can get people going; we can get them starting to build and do repairs on their homes and businesses. It’s a critical gating item for people to have access to money and finance when they’re in disaster struck areas."
Monday’s Prepare Out Loud is sold out, but Dugaw says for those unable to attend, it's not difficult to make sure you're ready for anything. "It’s not just a Cascadia earthquake. Disasters can strike every single day. We saw a tornado on the Oregon coast; we can see all sorts of disasters, and everyday we respond to an average of three home fires. Having your emergency preparedness kit is one of the best things you can do right now, to prepare your home and family for disasters." She suggests making sure to have a gallon of bottled water for each person, per day, for at least three days.
The Red Cross plans to bring Prepare Out Loud back to Central Oregon in the spring or summer.