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September is National Preparedness Month (2013)
community resilience

Are you prepared in case of an emergency? Of course you are, you're an Oregonian.

Camping, hiking, community gardening, fruit and vegetable canning, setting up drinking water storage systems.... these may be activities you do every weekend for fun. But did you know that by doing activities like these you are also preparing in case an emergency occurs?

Many of us already have the items we need for a basic emergency kit, but what most of us need to consider is drinking water and food reserves to make our kits complete.

Think about it.

Providing for yourself, your friends, your family through social gatherings, physical exercise, food storage and sustainable water systems. This is how Oregonians live sustainable and resilient lives.  

Learn about potential natural hazards in your area.


Poster: Shelter (english - pdf)
 Shelter 8.5 x 11 (pdf)

Shelter 8.5 x 11 (pdf)

Resources for the general public
Learn more:
Simple steps to get prepared
  • Check out FEMA's public education campaign "Today is the day before" about emergencies that have occurred throughout America's History.
  • Learn more about emergency preparedness from your local American Red Cross Chapter. There are five ARC locations across the state of Oregon. Find yours today!
  • Do you know who your local emergency manager is? Find out at Oregon's Office of Emergency Management. Emergency managers play a critical role in public safety during emergencies.


    Resources for first responders, medical professionals 
  • Work in pediatric disaster preparedness? Use these new resources from the National EMSC office.
  • Help make sure children have access to the right services and support before, during, and after disaster events. Visit the National EMSC National Resource Center to get the latest information.
  • The American Pediatrics Association offers a variety of materials for pediatricians who wish to become better prepared for a disaster or are interested in getting involved in pediatric disaster medicine. Learn more today!


Want to give back to your community? Check out 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 killed, 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: