Disaster preparation advice has been released by the Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM).
According to the OEM alert, Oregonians continue to experience the effects of a changing climate through more powerful storms, hotter days, greater wildfires, and worsening drought conditions.
These frequent occurrences, together with the constant danger of a tsunami caused by an earthquake of a magnitude of 9.0 or higher in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, highlight the critical need for everyone in the state to be ready.
National Preparedness Month occurs in September, and the state’s slogan is “Plan Today.” Tomorrow is ready. It exhorts everyone to make active plans and preparations today to be ready for catastrophes and disasters in the future.
OEM Director Andrew Phelps stated, “I realize it might feel daunting, but it’s about doing what you can, where you are, with what you have, to keep yourself and your family safe. It doesn’t have to be expensive or happen all at once.
According to Phelps, being prepared entails having an emergency plan, being knowledgeable about hazards, and being aware of how to get information in an emergency.
Making copies of important documents, watching preparedness videos, learning how to administer first aid, getting to know neighbors, and learning about local resources are just a few of the many efficient low-cost, and free steps Oregonians can take today to prepare for tomorrow, according to OEM.
Other steps include reviewing community evacuation routes, updating contact information for local emergency alerts, signing up for or updating wireless emergency alerts (WEA) on cell phones, and reviewing community evacuation routes.
Empowering Oregonians to be as prepared as possible in an emergency is a significant component of OEM’s mission, according to Phelps. “Disasters can strike at any time or place, and if they do, it could take days or even weeks for rescue workers to get to everyone affected.
First responders will spend less time and have more time to focus on people in life-threatening circumstances and our most vulnerable citizens when more people are prepared. It really does help to prepare ourselves and our loved ones when we do our part to save lives.
When preparing for crises, OEM advises persons with disabilities and their carers to take into account their unique situations and individual requirements. They should also establish a support system of people who can assist in an emergency.
Being prepared includes assisting your neighbors. According to Phelps, people should communicate with others in their neighborhood to find out who has what supplies and who would require further assistance in an emergency.
According to OEM’s “2 Weeks Ready” program, Oregonians should have an emergency plan in place as well as adequate food, water, and supplies to last for at least two weeks after any major event.
Knowing that disadvantaged populations are disproportionately affected by disasters, the department provides a number of downloadable equitable, and access preparation materials to help all Oregonians understand their risks and how to assist one another in preparing. To obtain printed copies, people are urged to get in touch with their county emergency management agency.
In order to promote National Preparedness Month throughout September, OEM is collaborating with other state agencies, critical partners, and Gov. Brown’s office, which has declared September to be National Preparedness Month in Oregon.
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