A free earthquake preparedness fair at the Hillsboro Farmers Market aims to educate the public.

Head to the Hillsboro Farmers Market this Saturday, Oct. 7, for the annual Quake Up! preparedness event that began in 2015.

Presented by Washington County Participation Organizations, the Office of Emergency Management and Health and Human Services, the free earthquake preparedness fair aims to educate the public and includes interactive booths, exhibits for people of all ages, and presentations by experts in emergency management and disaster preparedness.

Based on past seismologic patterns, experts say a major earthquake is due that will affect the entire Pacific Northwest, although the timing and epicenter is unclear.

Quake Up! information will include steps to take during and immediately after the quake, as well as what to do in the following days and weeks.

Exhibits will provide hands-on activities covering emergency food and water, emergency communications, strengthening and retrofitting of homes and buildings, disaster survival products, preparedness for pets, family preparedness and more.

Experts will speak inside the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St., from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on topics including family preparedness, mitigation and resilience. Tualatin Valley Community Television (TVCTV) will record the talks for future broadcasts.

A team of Washington County citizens, led by Stan Houseman and Sig Unander, volunteered to organize the fair.

For more information, call 503-846-7575 or go to

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