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Be Prepared for Disaster

The Red Cross and emergency management organizations encourage us to be prepared for any emergency or disaster that might occur. Natural and human disasters can strike suddenly – any time, any where. Don’t wait until one strikes. According to the Red Cross, taking three easy steps will make you Red Cross Ready. Those steps are to make a kit with basic supplies, make a plan to keep your family and pets safe and be informed.

Make a Kit: Your basic kit is the same regardless of the kind of emergency or disaster you are preparing for – power outage, flooding, tsunami or earthquake. The kit should include one gallon of water per person per day plus enough for your pets; non-perishable, easy to prepare food items; battery-powered or hand-cranked radio; first aid kit; medications; personal hygiene items; copies of personal documents; cell phone with chargers; extra cash; and blankets at the bare minimum.

Make a Plan: Meet with your family or household members to discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to occur where you live or work. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household, plan what to do if you have to evacuate and how you will communicate with each other and with family and friends living elsewhere.

Be Informed: Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area. Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and howyou will get information.

The Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, Oregon Office of Emergency Management and our county emergency management offices have more information,kits and booklets available to help you plan for an emergency or disaster should one occur. For more information on how to be prepared, check the Outage section of our website for information on how to be prepared for a power outage, or visit one of the websites listed below for more information on preparing for a disaster:

Red Cross  www.redcross.org

Federal Emergency Management Agency  www.fema.gov

Department of Homeland Security  www.ready.gov

Oregon Office of Emergency Management  www.oregon.gov/omd/oem

Coos County Sheriff, Office Office of Emergency Management  www.co.coos.or.us

Curry County Sheriff, Office of Emergency Management  www.co.curry.or.us