Lane Preparedness Coalition

Working collaboratively to increase community and organizational disaster resilience
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Take Action: Individuals and Families

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.

  • Family Emergency Plan template

3) Stay Informed

  • Community Emergency Notification System (CENS) "ALERT ME" for Lane County
    • Public Safety Agencies in Lane County are expanding the capabilities of their Community Emergency Notification System (CENS) so that public officials
      can reach more members of the community with timely alert and warning information. With CENS and Alert Me, critical information can be relayed to you about emergency situations that require your immediate attention.

4) Protect Your Home
  • 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.

  • Protect Your Home

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!

  • Participate in 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.

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