Disaster preparedness is an important priority for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). We aim to inform and empower people to prepare for and respond to emergencies. It’s critical for families, neighborhoods and individuals to make an emergency plan, and communicate the plan before, during and after emergencies.
- 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 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: http://www.redcross.org/flash/brr/English-html/kit-contents.asp
- 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 at http://www.redcross.org/flash/brr/English-html/make-a-plan.asp.
OEM recommends that you are prepared for at least two weeks!
You’re more prepared than you think. Being prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks is an achievable goal. You can get there over time; you don’t have to get there today. Start small and work towards the two-week goal. Sure, two weeks is the goal. But that doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy two weeks’ of supplies today. But you do need to START NOW. 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.
- 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.
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. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Request form for OEM Publications
Make A Plan: Individual and Family Plans
Just for kids, create your own go-kit.
Living on Shaky Ground: More than just earthquake and tsunami information, learn how to put together a disaster preparedness plan and create personal, office, family, and car go-kits.
Go-Kit Passport: Keep one in each of your go-kits, prints double sided.
Tsunami Awareness in Oregon: Are you ready for a tsunami? Read this brochure to learn about tsunami in Oregon