For 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.
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
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
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!