Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.

As we kick-off September’s National Preparedness Month, Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas is a yet another reminder that creating a plan for emergency communication and evacuation, and having a fully stocked disaster supply kit on hand are essential to surviving and recovering from a disaster.

National Preparedness Month is an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing—in advance—for the unexpected. This September, NPM will focus on planning, with the overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

In support of this initiative, EWEB is encouraging employees, retirees and customers to take steps now to prepare your family, home and business for all types of emergencies.

Throughout September, we will be sharing emergency preparedness tips and resources through Employee News, social media, our website, and at local events.

This week, our focus is Building an Emergency Kit.

Build a 2-Week Emergency Kit

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of two weeks. This will help emergency responders focus limited resources on injured and other vulnerable populations immediately following a disaster.

A basic emergency supply kit should include the following items:

  • Water – 14 gallons per person in your household, plus a little more for pets
  • Food – 2-week supply of non-perishable food, plus a manual can opener
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight + extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Check out the FEMA checklist that can help you build an emergency kit.

Upcoming NPM events & topics:

  • Sept. 16: Get Ready Eugene event at Autzen Stadium
  • Sept. 26: Mapping Your Neighborhood (3:30-5:30 at Eugene Public Library)
  • Sept. 27 Emergency Preparedness Fair (11-2 at Downtown Park Blocks)