SAIF hosts free community class with emergency preparedness expert

Events will be in Salem, Eugene, and Medford.

posted October 16, 2019

Do you know what to do when an earthquake hits? This Thursday, October 17, is the Great Oregon Shakeout, an earthquake drill that happens every year at 10:17 a.m. It’s a good time to practice responding to an earthquake.

It’s also a good time to consider how to better prepare if an emergency happens at work or at home. Do you have a plan? A kit with emergency supplies? We talk about earthquake and emergency preparedness, but what will make us take action?

Steve Eberlein was a witness to the Sri Lanka Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and is a global aid worker and workplace and community resilience advocate. SAIF will be hosting him in three locations this November—Salem, Eugene, and Medford—to provide a free overview of Oregon's Cascadia subduction zone risk and a discussion on the cultural barriers that prevent us from talking about emergency prep.

Steve will give tips and tools to prepare your workplace, home, and family for the worst-case scenario.

The courses will be in Salem on Tuesday, November 5; Eugene on Wednesday, November 6; and Medford on Thursday, November 7. Each event will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Reservations are required, as space is limited. Register for the free events at For questions or to register by phone, call 541.857.4204.

Still overwhelmed? Start with these five emergency essentials to be better prepared—at work, at home, in your car, and at school. More resources are available at

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SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page.


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