September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

The Episcopal Diocese of Oregon Disaster Preparedness Program would like to remind you that September is National Preparedness Month.

They offer the following resources even as several major wildfires currently burn across Oregon devastating hundreds of thousands of acres, consuming thousands of structures, forcing widespread evacuations and taxing our emergency responders to their limits, including ‘Ready, Set, Go‘ guidelines and an Evacuation Checklist.

With the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and potential for earthquakes, flooding, ice storms, structure fires and tsunami in our area, it is never too early (or too late) to start preparing. Make a plan that considers the specific needs of your household. Assemble an emergency kit. After an emergency, you may need to be self-reliant for several days. Stay informed! Tune into OFFICIAL sources of information and immediately follow the direction of emergency responders.

Check out the following links for more information on preparing a plan, assembling your emergency kit, wildfire preparedness and pet evacuation supplies.

Emergency Kit Planning: https://www.ready.gov

Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Info: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/ready-set-go/

National Fire Protection Association: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Preparing-homes-for-wildfire

Pet Evac Kits – www.petevacpak.com

For current wildfire information visit:

Updates regarding firefighting progress can be found on Inciweb –
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov

Oregon Office of Emergency Management
https://www.oregon.gov/oem/