JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- The Long Tom Grange is taking the inevitability of "The Big One" seriously as they sell "Grab and Go Disaster Bags."
This is in reference to the projected catastrophic earthquake that according to the United States Geological Survey is set to happen in the next 30 years.
Junction City Police Chief Bob Morris says the quake will cause massive damage to the area's roads, bridges, buildings, and other infrastructure.
"A massive earthquake which is going to happen (will cause) significant system failure across all of the disciplines and all of the infrastructures," said Morris.
He also said that it is imperative people have one emergency kit per person that will cover them for at least three days because it will take emergency response teams much longer to respond to calls for help.
That's where Danuta Pfeiffer and the Long Tom Grange come in.
"The Long Tom Grange is conducting a fundraiser selling emergency grab and go bags for our community just to make us prepared for the inevitability of of a very large earthquake coming to our area,"
The bags have enough food, water, and other essentials to last someone at least 3 days.
When asked why the grange decided to do this, Pfeiffer said it was all for the community.
"We're a community grange," said Pfeiffer. "We care about each other and we decided it was time to put these together and be proactive about our community. The funds that we raise from these bags are going to go towards emergency responder training courses that we want to hold at the grange."
Jeff Perkins is also with the Junction City Police and said that people should see what's happening in California right now and use it as a warning of what they should be doing.
"People should see what's going on in California right now and study some of the things that are working in California," said Perkins "(Watch) some of the people that did plan, but more importantly look at the cases and scenarios where people did not plan. Learning from the mistakes of others is how you create best practices and how you can be more prepared in your situation."
The bags are $38 and you can purchase them at Pfeiffer Winery, B and I Hardware, and Les Schwab in Junction City.
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