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September is National Preparedness Month
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National Preparedness Month is an opportunity!

Everyone has questions about disasters and how to get prepared. This year we are using National Preparedness Month as an opportunity to answer some of the most common questions you ask.

Why would we say that National Preparedness Month is an opportunity?

Disasters happen, but most Oregonians do not think about disasters all of the time. Use National Preparedness Month as an opportunity to get your preparedness questions answered and to make sure that you and your family are prepared.

What are people asking about emergency preparedness?


Poster: Shelter (english - pdf)
Get Started 8.5 x 11 (pdf) Kit Upkeep 8.5 x 11 (pdf) Changes 8.5 x 11 (pdf) Earthquake 8.5 x 11 (pdf)


​Get Started Spanish (pdf) Changes Spanish (pdf) ​Earthquake Spanish (pdf)



Here’s what else is going on for National Preparedness Month:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
American Red Cross

Learn more about emergency preparedness from your local American Red Cross Chapter.

“Get Ready” is free to the general public, and there is no need to register. Free lunch will be provided at most locations, as well as safety demonstrations, materials from local emergency groups, and kids’ activities. The first 100 families at each event will receive a free emergency tube. Attendees will also have the chance to enter a drawing to win an American Red Cross emergency kit.

Check out these local “Get Ready” events:
Saturday, September 12, 2015:
  • Get Ready Salem – 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the State Capitol State Park Grounds in Salem.
  • Get Ready Lincoln County – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Newport.
  • Get Ready Vancouver – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CRESA Building, 710 W. 13th Street in Vancouver.
  • Get Ready Happy Valley – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City of Happy Valley’s city hall outdoor area.
  • Get Ready Coos Bay – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coos Bay Fire Department, 450 Elrod Ave.
Saturday, September 19, 2015:
  • Get Ready The Dalles – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, 1400 W. 8th Street in The Dalles.
  • Get Ready North Coast – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lum’s Auto Center, 1605 SE Ensign Lane in Warrenton.

Are you interested in community preparedness activities? Take a look at these volunteer opportunities!

Disaster Preparedness in Health Care

In a public health crisis, healthcare resources may be overwhelmed. Hospitals and other buildings may be damaged. Healthcare workers may be dead, ill, or injured. At the same time, many in the community would be ill or injured and would need care. There would be a surge in the need for medical care. A public health crisis like this would be a great challenge to the healthcare community and the people of Oregon. To be ready, we need to plan for it now.

Providing a Framework for Crisis Health Care

People from around the state worked together to develop the Oregon Crisis Care Guidance. It outlines efficient ways to provide health care in a crisis. This could help save many people who might not otherwise survive. People from many backgrounds helped develop the guidance. Some were nurses, physicians, or emergency medical staff. Some were hospital administrators or emergency managers. Others were experts in public health, law, or ethics. Together, they developed a plan to provide care in an effective, just, and compassionate way.

This guidance is a living document. It will change as we learn more.

The Crisis Care Guidance Workgroup members are posting this guidance to get feedback from you. What you tell us will influence the content of the guidance going forward, because how we respond needs to be consistent with the values of our communities. Please take a look at the document. We hope you will share any comments or suggestions about the guidance in an e-mail to: