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2 Weeks Ready

2 weeks ready graphicFor many years, we’ve been talking about the importance of being prepared for 72 hours. This is a good start, and helpful in the event of short-term power outages or temporary evacuation. But a large earthquake and tsunami will leave much of the area’s transportation routes destroyed. Oregonians will have to count on each other in the community, in the workplace and at home in order to be safe until responders can reach you.
 
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management encourages people to be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of two weeks. This lessens the strain on emergency responders who need to focus limited resources on injured and other vulnerable populations immediately following a disaster.
 
Start now. Each week, our 2 Weeks Ready Facebook page will suggest an activity or item to include in your preparedness kit. Pick up an extra item at the grocery store once or twice a month, check out garage sales or thrift stores for tools and gear. You probably have many 2 Weeks Ready items already, so check around the house before purchasing a new item.
 
What does two weeks look like?
There is no one correct way to put together two weeks’ worth of supplies as we all have individual dietary and medical needs. If your family includes children, seniors or pets, you will have additional needs. Everyone’s kit will look different but for a basic starting point, see the list of items on page 7 of the American Red Cross Cascade Region 
Prepare! guide
 
You’re more prepared than you think.
Being prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks is an achievable goal. Many of the standard preparedness kit items such as flashlights, gloves, hand-crank radios, trash bags and a first-aid kit are already in your 72-hour kit. The bigger thing to think about is food and water.
 
Prepare Your Pantry
 
Think about it. Talk about it.
Being prepared is not just having two weeks of food, water and supplies. There are other considerations in planning the best way to bounce back after a disaster. Have a meaningful conversation with the members of your household to discuss the following:
 
  • Do you have backup transportation methods and routes?
  • Who will care for the kids, grandparents and pets if you’re stuck on the other side of the river for several hours?
  • Where will you meet your family? At school, at the local park, at the corner of the neighborhood?
  • Do you have an out of state contact? Have a conversation with your family and friends and have one person designated to be the main contact for your group. 

Disasters – large and small – can strike any time. Begin your 2 Weeks Ready planning today! 

 
 

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