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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. That's why individuals, families and communities should take steps to "Be 2 Weeks Ready." 

Being 2 Weeks Ready means having an emergency plan and enough supplies for you and everyone in your household to survive for at least two weeks following a disaster. This may sound overwhelming, but you're probably more prepared than you think! This Be 2 Weeks Ready program is designed to help you start from where you're at and build your self-reliance and community preparedness step-by-step.

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Build Preparedness: the Be 2 Weeks Ready tool kit

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The Be 2 Weeks Ready tool kit - all units and activities  

The Be 2 Weeks Ready program is delivered via the Be 2 Weeks Ready tool kit. The new tool kit has eight units on preparedness individuals can work through alone, or with a group lead by their local program coordinator.

Do one unit at a time, at your own pace. By the end of the program, you’ll be confident and prepared when the next disaster strikes!

Coming Soon: the Be 2 Weeks Ready tool kit in American Sign Language (ASL)

We are excited to announce that we are currently working on making Be 2 Weeks Ready fully available in ASL! In July, we will post a playlist of ASL video recordings on the OEM Youtube channel covering all materials from the Be 2 Weeks Ready tool kit. This will serve as an important step towards ensuring that all learners can benefit from the Be 2 Weeks Ready program! 

For information on how to become a program coordinator or to find a program near you, email

To receive announcements and updates about the Be 2 Weeks Ready program, click here.

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Unit 1: Preparing to Prepare

A disaster can happen anywhere, at any time. Think about how prepared you’d be if an earthquake happened and your household had to survive weeks without running water, working toilets and functioning appliances. In this section, you’ll record your thoughts for later use.

ASL Videos

Coming in July!

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Unit 2: Your Emergency Plan

Preparedness begins by thinking about what each person in your home might need and understanding the risks you might encounter. The goal is to make sure everyone in your household is ready. When everyone is prepared for unexpected situations, it can save lives and make it easier to go back to your usual routine faster.

ASL Videos

Coming in July!

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Unit 3: Food Plan

Making a food plan is a key step to being 2 Weeks Ready. You and your household, including service animals, pets and large animals, need food to survive any emergency. With a food plan, you’ll know how to gather and store two weeks’ worth of non-perishable food and how to prepare it without electricity or gas.

ASL Videos

Coming in July!

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Unit 4: Water Plan

Hydration matters, especially in times of stress. A water plan shows you how to gatherand store enough water for 14 days and make it safe to drink without modern conveniences.

ASL Videos

Coming in July!

Unit 5: Waste and Hygience Plan

Unit 5: Waste and Hygience Plan

A waste and hygiene plan is essential to maintain healthy living conditions during disasters. Studies show damage to sewer and wastewater infrastructure is likely to take much longer to recover than other types of infrastructure, such as drinking water supplies.

ASL Videos

Coming in July!

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Unit 6: Shelter Plan

A shelter plan helps you prepare for a variety of safe locations following a disaster. Whether you shelter inside or outside your home, in a community shelter, or with family and friends, you need to be prepared to shelter for up to two weeks following a disaster.

ASL Videos

Coming in July!

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Unit 7: First-Aid Plan

After a disaster, the emergency medical system will be in high demand and help may be delayed. Learning how to treat different injuries and illnesses can prepare you and the people you care about and help save lives. You are the help until help arrives.

ASL Videos

Coming in July!

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Unit 8: Emergency Management

Emergency management agencies at the federal, state, tribal and local levels help protect people and places during disasters. Emergency managers partner with the public to help everyone Be 2 Weeks Ready. Building prepared communities means knowing what support you may or may not receive from emergency managers and first responders after a disaster and planning accordingly. Know where to go when the official response doesn’t meet all your needs.

ASL Videos

Coming in July!