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    SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015
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Community Chorus seeks singers, musicians for upcoming season
The Community Chorus of
Florence Oregon (CCFO) is
seeking singers and instrumen-
talists for its fall session.
Registration for the Dec. 12
concert will begin on Monday,
Quake
from 4B
Thus outreach specialists
like Corcoran say the prudent
thing to do is plan for a range of
events.
“Discussing the range and
likelihood of the next event can
bring some air into the room,”
he said.
Aug. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30
p.m., at Cross Roads Church on
10th and Maple streets. It will
be immediately followed by the
first rehearsal from 7:30 to 8:30
p.m.
The December concert will
include a 40-minute sacred
work, “Appalachian Winter,”
by Joseph Martin and includes
recent and centuries old folk
music from Appalachia..
Folk instrumentalists are
being sought for many of the
pieces. Instruments of interest
include, flute, violin, cello,
mandolin, guitar, piano, percus-
sion and dulcimer.
Interested musicians can
contact Laura Merz at 541-902-
8567.
Voices in all sections —
soprano, alto, tenor and bass —
are invited to join the chorus.
Registration fee is $60.
Singers of high-school age
and older are welcome.
For more information, visit
www.communitychorusflo
renceor.org.
Corcoran said preparation
helped save 90 percent of the
200,000 people in the inunda-
tion zone during Japan’s 2011
earthquake and tsunami. The
Northwest has a much smaller
coastal population, he added.
On the other hand, Japan was
much more prepared for disas-
ter.
“We have to prepare com-
mensurate with the risk,”
Corcoran said. “Our society
tends to be dismissive of prepa-
ration, especially evacuation
drills. They are silly, they are
embarrassing and it’s usually
raining. The only people who
actually do drills are high
schools and hospitals because
they are required to. But drills
save lives, as they learned in
Japan.”
Communities and individu-
als can prepare for natural dis-
asters by understanding that
they eventually will happen.
Once you accept that and actu-
ally expect it, Corcoran said,
preparation becomes second
nature.
Strap down water heaters,
learn where the shutoff valve
for natural gas may be in your
house, and have several days of
food and water available, he
added.
People on the coast living in
inundation zones should identi-
fy areas of high ground near
their homes, work and recre-
ation areas.
“Work locally to make them
accessible,” Corcoran said,
“then conduct practice drills on
how to get to them.”
OSU engineering dean
Ashford is spearheading an ini-
tiative called the Cascadia
Lifeline Project that is organiz-
ing public utilities, transporta-
tion agencies, and others to
begin work on how to prepare
for life after a major earth-
quake.
Communities need to think
about restoring vital services
after an earthquake, including
power, water, sewer and others.
Ashford
testified
to
Congress in May about the
need for public agencies, pri-
vate businesses and individuals
to develop the resilience to
withstand an earthquake. He
urged Congress to support
three federal initiatives:
Invest in more resilient
transportation networks that
will be critical to rescue, relief
and recovery efforts following
a natural disaster:
• Partner with states to
require seismic resilience of
federally regulated utilities that
transport liquid fuel through
pipelines and supply the major-
ity of a state’s population, such
as in Oregon.
• Invest in applied research
to
improve
earthquake
resilience.
“It will take 50 years for us
to fully prepare for this
impending
earthquake,”
Ashford said. “We can’t simply
go out and replace all of our
existing infrastructure. But we
can start now, and we can
begin to find ways to better
retro-fit, replace or repair
things after an earthquake.”
Corcoran said most people
are not tuned into long-term
threats like 300-year earth-
quake cycles. Since people in
the Pacific Northwest only
recently learned about this
major recurring natural disas-
ter, it is natural for some to feel
blindsided by the knowledge
and not fully embrace it, he
added.
Recent media attention has
wakened some people to the
idea of an earthquake, but it is
critical to channel that aware-
ness into positive action, he
said.
“As good as our local emer-
gency officials are, they will be
overwhelmed by the sheer
magnitude of the circum-
stances when a major earth-
quake takes place,” Corcoran
said. “Preparation must begin
with the individual, then focus
on mutual aid among neigh-
bors, and finally on public aid
and assistance. Businesses, too,
must support the safety of their
employees and customers.”
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