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From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services, 503-655-8752

08-17-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Register now for engAGE, an emergency preparedness expo

Until they happen, emergencies are the last thing on the minds of people.

Proper preparation empowers people to live their lives with the peace of mind knowing that they have been proactive to help them persevere through emergencies – big and small.

As September brings National Preparedness Month, several agencies will host a full day of experts, breakout sessions, vendors, giveaways, good conversation and more at the "2015 engAGE in Community Expo: Emergency Preparedness – Resolve To Be Ready!"

The event is set for Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Clackamas Community College's Gregory Forum and McLoughlin Hall in Oregon City. Sponsors include Clackamas County Social Services, AARP Oregon, OSU Clackamas County Extension Family and Community Health, and Clackamas Community College Education, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department.

"This is a great event for the entire community to be involved in," said Clackamas County Social Services Director Brenda Durbin. "We think it's important for people such as caregivers, assisted living administrators, local business people, community leaders and others to become involved in this event because they play such a pivotal role in emergency management."

The keynote speaker for the event is Oregon Public Broadcasting's (OPB) Ed Jahn, who produced the Oregon Field Guide's upcoming documentary series Unprepared – Will We Be Ready for the Megaquake? Jahn is a 14-time Emmy-winning television producer, writer and reporter with more than 20 years of experience in television and radio covering science, the environment, recreation, wildlife and rural issues. Jahn also earned the prestigious DuPont-Columbia Award for Journalism, the national Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment.

In 2014, Jahn initiated an OPB media campaign to raise awareness about Oregon's preparedness for what could be the largest natural disaster in the United States – a Cascadia earthquake. Based on geologic history, there is a 1 in 3 chance of a magnitude 8 or 9 Cascadia earthquake striking within 50 years. Jahn traveled to Japan to look at lessons learned from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and returned to Oregon to lead the effort to raise the issue of what can be done to prepare for what scientists call our inevitable "Megaquake." OPB's ongoing series, "Unprepared," can be found at www.opb.org/unprepared.

For more information about this free event, or to register online, go to: http://www.bit.ly/2015engAGE. Registration can be also done by phone at 1-877-926-8300.

For further information, members of the media and public may call Clackamas County Coordinator Margaret McNamara at 503-650-5737 or mmcnamara@clackamas.us.

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