2017 ORS 401.902¹
Private employer earthquake drills
  • exemptions
  • rules

(1) A person employing 250 or more full-time employees within this state shall drill employees working in office buildings on emergency procedures so that the employees may respond to an earthquake emergency without confusion or panic.

(2) The person shall conduct the drills annually in accordance with Office of Emergency Management rules.

(3) The drills must include familiarization with routes and methods of exiting the building and the earthquake emergency response procedure recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency known as “drop, cover and hold on.”

(4) Consistent with rules of the Office of Emergency Management, the person may drill earthquake emergency response procedures in addition to “drop, cover and hold on” when the person determines, based on evaluation of specific engineering and structural issues related to an office building, that “drop, cover and hold on” may not be the most effective earthquake emergency response procedure to prevent or limit injury or loss of life.

(5) The Office of Emergency Management may, by rule or on application, grant exemptions from the drill requirement for good cause. [Formerly 401.543; 2013 c.266 §2]

Chapter 401

Law Review Cita­tions

54 OLR 677 (1975)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 401—Emergency Management and Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors401.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 401, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano401.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.