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Red Cross Gets community ready for the solar eclipse and Cascadia earthquake

Red Cross employee showing part of his disaster preparedness gear. (KTVL/Alexander Mesadieu)

Medford., Ore. - The Red Cross is preparing the community for upcoming possible emergencies.

They're prepping people for the upcoming Cascadia Earthquake, or as it is colloquially referred to "the big one," as well as the possibility of a disastrous overflow of people coming to Oregon for the solar eclipse.

The Red Cross is doing it by asking citizens to camp out on the night of August 12th with only the items in their emergency kits.

The Red Cross are testing people to make sure that they have everything they need to survive over 24 hours on just the items in their emergency kits, and for people to make adjustments if necessary.

They say because of the increase in traffic during the eclipse, citizens may need to survive on their disaster kits.

"It's gonna be really hot out. You don't want to get stranded. You want enough fuel in your car. If you're stranded for long you just want to make sure you have water and food for that time," said Tarik Rawlings, Disaster Program manager for the Red Cross.

The Red Cross is also asking for people to take photos of their kits and to tag Red Cross Cascades Region on social media.

The 10 best photos and captions will win emergency preparedness gear for the Red Cross.

The state of Oregon is expecting as many as 1 million visitors statewide for the eclipse.

To follow Red Cross Cascades Region and participate in the contest click here.


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