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Individual Preparedness

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, individuals, communities and businesses 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 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 or even weeks 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.
Make an Emergency Plan.
Talk with your family and friends about what you'll do if an emergency happens, including if you’re not together when it occurs. 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 and make your own.
Be 2 Weeks Ready!
You’re more prepared than you think. Being prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks is an important and achievable goal. 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.
You can get there over time; you don’t have to get there today. Start small and work toward the two-week goal. 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.
OEM has an array of preparedness materials to help people plan for disasters. One of these tools is OEM's "My Pocket Plan," a mini-booklet that provides a place to record important family information, home evacuation plans, medical contacts and prescription needs, insurance carriers, and critical information for family pets. The Pocket Plan also 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 Pocket Plan has been completed. These booklets are available through your local county emergency management office. Email for more information.
See all of the publications on our Preparedness Publications page.

For information in other languages or alternate formats, visit our Equity, Inclusion and Language Access page.