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

This month-long focus on preparedness can help you be ready. Ready to be self-reliant and ready to help others when disaster strikes. Most of us know that we need to be prepared. But what does that mean? How do you get started? Here are some fun and informative events during September 2016 to prepare for life's surprises:

  • September 1: First day of preparedness month! Commit to a daily activity to build awareness of what preparedness means for you, your family and your community. Learn how to create a preparedness plan, build a kit or learn a new skill. It is easy, fun and helps you to be resilient! Check out the Portland State Office Building lobby display for weekly preparedness topics and start thinking about your emergency kit recipe contest submissions!
  • September 9: Come to the preparedness fair and get some ideas on how to make a plan, build a kit and chat with experts on preparedness. Portland State Office Building, Room 1B from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • September 15: Agency Operations Center (AOC) open house. See where the public health division comes together as a team to respond to a variety of hazards. Portland State Office Building, Suite 425 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
  • September 23: Recipe contest submissions due! Your opportunity to share some recipes that utilize the contents of your emergency supply cache. It's not just about jerky and granola bars anymore. Make it healthy, make it delicious. Submit entries to by September 23. Winners announced September 30. (Public Health Division employees only: emergency kit cook off on September 23 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Room 1A).
  • September 27: Agency Operations Center (AOC) open house. See where the public health division comes together as a team to respond to a variety of hazards. Portland State Office Building, Suite 425 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

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?

Last year's Emergency Kit Recipe Contest, Cook off and Cookbook!

We tried something new in 2015 and it was a huge success! Enjoy the final product of our first ever emergency kit recipe contest and cook off! All eligible recipes are here, including the winners!

2015 Emergency Kit Recipe Contest Cookbook (pdf)



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 and Prevention (CDC)

American Red Cross

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: ​​