The Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Ashland Fire & Rescue, and other partners are starting a yearlong preparedness campaign called “2 Weeks Ready”.
This program is designed to give the general public the tools and information needed to go “beyond the kit” and make their family, neighborhood, and community “2 weeks Ready”. We will be kicking this off on October 20, 2016 with the Great Oregon ShakeOut and continue through the year.
Preparing for disasters can easily be done over a period of time. The traditional three days supplies is a good start, and helpful in the event of short-term power outages or temporary evacuation. But a large earthquake and tsunami will leave much of the area’s transportation routes destroyed, making the delivery of assistance and supplies difficult to impossible. Oregonians will have to count on each other in the community, in the workplace and at home in order to be safe until responders can reach them. It is recommended that families, neighborhoods and communities strive to be self-sufficient for two weeks.
Do you know what to do to get “2 Weeks Ready”?
· 2 minutes - what do you do in the first two minutes?
o Drop, Cover and Hold on.
§ Video series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSDmqLQmMN0&list=PLs1gMujRSBY2t7JB4VS-AymFwN-6Lvg20
· 2 hours - what do you do in the first two hours?
o Check your immediate surroundings for anyone injured and in need of help
o Evacuate, if necessary; if out of your home, determine if it is safe to enter
o Follow your family communication plan
§ 1EQText -Communicate with your Out-of-State contact
· 2 days - What do you do in the first two days?
o Use resources in your preparedness supplies as needed
o Check with neighbors/community members to determine who has what skills/resources, and work together to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable
· 2 weeks - What do you do in the first two weeks?
o Organize community members to assist with disaster recovery in your neighborhood
We invite you to join us as we learn from each other about how to make our families, neighborhoods, and communities “2 Weeks Ready”. Please follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/2WeeksReady/
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