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'YOU CAN'T JUST DO NOTHING'

City's Emergency Preparedness Fair gives residents the information they'll need to get ready for a major earthquake


REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Mike Lezak of Lake Oswego learns hands-only CPR during the Emergency Preparedness Fair. REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Michelle Huntington of PrepLO shows fairgoers an example of a 72-hour emergency pack.  In the aftermath of a 9.0 earthquake that experts say could wreak havoc on the Pacific Northwest at any time, it could be days — or maybe longer — before first responders can peel away from the biggest priorities to reach neighborhoods in need.

Experts say it could take months to restore water, sewer, electricity and natural gas. Longer to repair the infrastructure — roads, bridges, rail lines — that will serve as a lifeline for desperately needed equipment, food and supplies.

Are you prepared?

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Katy Kerklaan was busy passing out emergency water bottles to Lake Oswego residents.More than 600 people took steps last week to make sure they’ll be ready by attending the City of Lake Oswego’s Emergency Preparedness Fair at Palisades. More than 20 vendors provided information about water filtration, emergency food options, emergency supply kits, pet preparedness, portable sanitation, seismic retrofitting, alternate power sources, natural gas safety and more.

Lake Oswego’s first responders were also on hand, guiding kids through a Junior Firefighter Course, showing off the city’s new fire engine and teaching hands-only CPR.

“There was so much good information,” Lake Oswego resident Randy Long said. “I mean, I don’t know if you can really ever be ready for the aftermath of a quake. But you can’t just do nothing.”

— The Review

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - More than 600 people attended the Emergency Preparedness Fair last week at Palisades, where more than 20 booths contained valuable information on ways to prepare for a major natural disaster.

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