Emergency managers have to walk a fine line between making people aware of earthquake dangers in the region... and scaring them.
But the threat is real, considering our part of the world sits atop the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the site of large earthquakes every few hundreds years.
And it's been more than 300 since the last one. Oregon Emergency Management's Althea Rizzo is the Geologic Hazards Coordinator for the department.
And she's in the middle of a "road show" (September 14-21) bringing earthquake and preparation details to the southern part of Oregon.