Be informed about disaster risks. In Oregon winter storms, floods, heat waves, and earthquakes threaten residents. Monitor all types of media – newspapers, websites, radio, TV, mobile and land phones, and amateur radio are all good sources of information about disasters. Check out www.ready.gov for the latest preparedness information.
Build an Emergency Kit. A disaster can happen anywhere you live and work. Once it happens it may take days or even weeks for responders to reach you, and you may have to go without food, water, or electricity. Build an emergency kit with two weeks supply of food, water and other necessary supplies. The American Red Cross has a recommended list of emergency kit items.
Make an Emergency Plan. Talk with your family and friends about what you will do and if you’re not together during an emergency. Discuss how you’ll contact each other, where you’ll meet, and what you’ll do in different situations. Read how to develop a family disaster plan and make your own.
Be 2 Weeks Ready! You’re more prepared than you think. Being prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks is an important and achievable goal. Being prepared is not just having two weeks of food and water, but thinking about the many things you already do to make you better able to bounce back after a disaster. You can get there over time; you don’t have to get there today. Start small and work toward the two-week goal. Pick up a couple items every payday and check out garage sales and thrift stores for tools and gear.
- Check the garage, shed, storage unit and junk drawer for emergency kit items before adding to your shopping list. You probably have many of the things already, such as flash lights and leather gloves.
- Get creative – everyone’s kit will look a little different.
- Think about it. Talk about it.
OEM has an array of preparedness materials to help people plan for disasters, which are available through local county emergency management offices. One of those publication is the OEM Emergency “Go-Kit Passport,” a mini-booklet that provides a way to track family information, home evacuation plan, medical contacts and prescription needs, insurance carriers and critical information for family pets. In addition, the booklet contains a list of basic emergency kit items and links to other disaster preparedness resources. Families and individuals can receive a Certificate of Preparedness signed by Governor Kate Brown when the “Go Kit Passport” has been completed.
Visit OEM Individual-Preparedness webpage for more information.
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