Are YOU Ready?
Build A Kit
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Have a Family Emergency Evacuation Plan
In an emergency, it may be difficult for family members to talk with each other, except possibly by texting or Twitter (unless cell and internet systems are down). Before an emergency, sit down and plan where you will try to go and whom you will try to contact. This should include an out-of-the-area location if you know that your area around your home has to be evacuated. FEMA has a form that can be used to keep emergency contact information up-to-date:
How Churches can Prepare
To begin, churches should encourage their member families to prepare, both for their own well being, and so they will be better able to help others, whether in organized church efforts or in their neighborhoods. As they prepare, churches can encourage members to store food, water, and other items to share with others, which could make an enormous difference if an emergency lasts for weeks or months.
Churches should prepare their plans in conjunction with local disaster management authorities, and encourage willing members to get Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and other emergency training, so they will have the necessary credentials to help others in a crisis area. People, including pastors, without such training may be turned away from critical areas during an emergency. Click HERE to visit the Keizer Fire District CERT Page.
Preparednessguide.org offers some great resources on their website. Here are just a few to be sure to check out:
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management: What to Do During an Earthquake
Oregon Public Broadcasting: How Big is a 9.0 Earthquake?
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management: Cascadia Earthquake
Oregon Emergency Management: Earthquake and Tsunami Safety
Capital Community Television: Ready for the Big One?
Saint Edward would like to thank our special contributor Noah, who in researching information for a school project provided us with some resources to display on our page!