Preparing Makes Sense
The likelihood that you and your family will survive a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy, as on a well-trained fire department. The same is true for surviving any other emergency. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes sense.
1) Get a Kit
Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. While there are many things that might make you more comfortable, think first about fresh water, food and clean air.
2) Make a Plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
3) Stay Informed
There are steps you can take to help mitigate, or lessen, some of the damage to your home caused by natural disasters. Mitigation is taking action now—before the next disaster—to reduce human and financial consequences later. Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term well-being for ourselves and our community. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security, and self-reliance.
5) Practice Survival Skills: Great Oregon Shakeout
Mark your calendars! Millions of people will Drop, Cover, and Hold On during the annual Great Oregon ShakeOut!
6) Identify Resources
Developed by Washington Emergency Management Department, Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a very useful approach to help you identify your closest resource: your neighbors! The MYN program is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level.
7) Know Your Risks
Use the resources compiled on the Are You At Risk? page to identify the type and extent of hazards you may experience.