Neighborhood volunteers are increasingly building community through emergency preparedness efforts. Below, find information about current efforts and general resources to help you prepare. If your neighborhood doesn’t yet have on-going emergency preparedness meetings, please contact staff for information on how you can get started.
The Emergency Preparedness program coordinates emergency preparedness efforts being organized by NWNW neighborhood associations. It also convenes the Emergency Preparedness Working Group, which seeks to develop and implement strategies and programs to assist community members and neighborhood associations to coordinate emergency preparedness efforts at a micro-level. It serves as a link between the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) and new volunteers.
“What we do today to prepare will save lives and property tomorrow, or whenever a disaster strikes,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. “As we build a culture of preparedness in Oregon we are empowering Oregonians to be disaster survivors not victims. We want Oregonians to be prepared not scared.”
Starting an E-Prep Team? Get outreach templates on our Volunteer Resources page
Recommended steps for starting your emergency preparedness plan:
- Be informed about disaster risks. In Oregon winter storms, floods, heat waves and earthquakes threaten residents. Check out www.ready.gov 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 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. For a recommended list of emergency kit items see the American Red Cross
- Make an Emergency Plan. Talk with your family and friends about what you will do if you’re not together during an emergency. 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 at Red Cross. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has an array of preparedness materials to help people plan for disasters, which are available through local county emergency management offices. The OEM Emergency “Go-Kit Passport” is a mini-booklet that provides a way to track family information, home evacuation plan, medical contacts and prescription needs, insurance carriers and room to include critical information for family pets. In addition, the booklet contains a list of basic emergency kit items and links to other disaster preparedness resources.
- Take it 1 Step at a Time. Do1Thing can help you get started with simple monthly steps.
- Review Hazard and Resource Maps. PBEM has produced maps that show resources (fire stations, hospitals, evacuation routes, etc.) and hazards (faults, flood plains, landslide areas, etc.) throughout the NWNW coalition area. Laminated versions are available on loan from the NWNW office.