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Oregon has experienced a recent cycle of emergencies and disasters, including floods, drought, wildfires, ice storms, excessive heat and a pandemic. These disasters illustrate why being prepared can make a big difference.
A large part of OEM's mission is to empower people to be as prepared as possible in an emergency because once a disaster strikes, the time to prepare has passed. The Be 2 Weeks Ready program recommends people have an emergency plan and enough food, water and supplies to survive on their own for at least two weeks following any large-scale disaster.
Disasters can happen anywhere, at any time, and once they occur, it may take days or even weeks for responders to reach everyone who needs help. This will especially be true in the event of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.
Being 2 Weeks Ready:
People with disabilities should consider individual circumstances and specific needs when planning for emergencies and disasters. Plan what to do and who to contact, especially if you need help from others to evacuate. Create a support network of people who can help you during an emergency. Make plans for how you will communicate, any equipment needed, transportation and service animal considerations.
Learn more at ready.gov/disability.
The Be 2 Weeks Ready Program has been revamped and will be released publicly in June 2024. All updated materials will be available for download on this webpage and offered in six languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese and ASL.
The revamped program will cover the following units on preparedness: Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Plan, Food Plan, Water Plan, Waste and Hygiene Plan, Shelter, First Aid and emergency management. The units are followed by a series of activities for people to practice what they learn.
Emergency managers, community-based organizations,
community emergency response teams (CERT) and faith-based leaders will be trained over the next few months to facilitate the Be 2 Weeks Ready program within their circles. This program can be done individually or with a trained facilitator in the community.
For questions regarding Be 2 Weeks Ready, please email the Community Preparedness team at
To view past versions of Be 2 Weeks Ready materials (2 Weeks Ready) see our
Preparedness Publications page.
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