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Be 2 Weeks Ready

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:

  • Takes pressure off first responders so they can prioritize life-threatening situations and those most vulnerable.
  • Ensures you and your family can survive if roads are impassable, and no one can reach you with help or supplies.
  • Encourages us to care for our communities, especially historically marginalized and underserved communities.

Stay Informed

Make an Emergency Plan

  • Learn how to develop an Emergency Plan.
  • Discuss the plan with your household, loved ones, friends and neighbors.
  • Practice the elements of the plan so you’ll be ready when a disaster occurs.

Build an Emergency Kit

  • Being prepared means being equipped with at least two weeks’ worth of food, water and critical supplies. Learn how to assemble an emergency supply kit at or American Red Cross.
  • Prepare a pet evacuation kit in a tote bag or pet crate.
  • Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry backpack, bucket or bag that you can use at home or take with you in an emergency.
  • Everyone’s kit will look different. There is no one correct way to put together two weeks’ worth of supplies since everyone has individual needs.

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.

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Program Update

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.