September is National Preparedness Month, and the Oregon Department of Energy has tips for how you can make sure you’re ready in case of an emergency.
An emergency like a flood, earthquake, severe storm, or long-term power outage could strike at any time. Making sure you are prepared is the best course of action you can take:
- Build an emergency kit at home, including water, food, and medical supplies – enough for each person for 72 hours (don’t forget pets!).
- You may not have power after an emergency. Purchase a radio and a flashlight or lantern that can be re-charged by hand or by solar power instead of batteries. You can also stock your emergency kit with hand- or solar-powered cell phone chargers.
- Make an Emergency Communication Plan with your family in case you are not together with disaster strikes.
- Have emergency supplies in your car in case you’re on the road.
- Find out how your workplace is preparing, and know what to do if you’re on the job when an emergency strikes.
- Visit ready.gov to learn more about emergency preparedness, how to build emergency kits, help your community respond, and more.
- Research how to turn off your home’s utilities if there’s a risk of a gas leak or electrical fire. Follow your utility’s recommendations to access shut-offs safely.
- Download the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s app to get alerts, safety tips, and more.
- Learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.
Learn more about National Preparedness Month at www.ready.gov.
Learn about ODOE’s emergency preparedness work:
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