Emergency Preparedness

Prepare for the Unexpected! Emergencies can happen at any time and often when least expected. Being prepared is the key to ensuring the safety and well-being of your family, loved ones, and yourself. Here are some essential steps to take in your emergency preparedness journey:

  1. Create a Family Emergency Plan: Develop a clear and comprehensive family emergency plan that outlines how you will communicate and where you will meet in case of separation during an emergency.
  2. Build an Emergency Kit: Assemble a well-stocked emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as food, water, medications, first aid items, flashlights, and batteries. Don't forget to include items for your pets as well.
  3. Stay Informed: Stay informed about potential hazards and emergencies in your area. Sign up for emergency alerts and monitor local news and weather updates regularly. You can sign up for emergency alerts HERE.
  4. Evacuation Planning: Know your evacuation routes and destinations in case you need to leave your home. Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition and keep your gas tank filled.
  5. Community Involvement: Engage with your local community and participate in emergency preparedness events and training. Join or establish a neighborhood watch or emergency response team.

RememberRememberYourPs your P's in Case of Evacuation

During emergencies, you may be asked to evacuate your home.   Print, copy, and display the attached image of Preparedness P’s to remind you of what to focus on.

In general:

  • Have household emergency & communication plans in place. 
  • Make an emergency supply kit that you can grab & go. 
  • Identify a meet-up location for when communications are down or you need to share messages and supplies. 
  • Plan for traffic. Keep at least a half tank of gas and drinking water in your vehicle when it seems evacuations could occur. 

Find other evacuation and preparedness planning resources through the Oregon State Fire Marshal and Ready.gov websites: https://www.ready.gov/ or https://www.oregon.gov/osfm/pages/default.aspx

For more information on emergency preparedness upcoming events or to get in touch with Emergency Manager Emily Ring, please call or email:

Phone: (541) 440-6025

Email: emily.ring@douglascountyor.gov