Emergency Preparedness: Prepare to Protect
The month of September is dedicated to Emergency Preparedness, so understanding how to be proactive is key to being ready for whatever might occur. Here in the Northwest, we are fortunate to live in a beautiful area, but there are also inherent risks with the location. The Northwest has been predicting for many years that there may be a large earthquake and the influx of wildfires, a pandemic, and extreme weather mean emergencies are bound to happen. Some of these events may require quick evacuations with little to no notice or require you to sustain you and your family for several days before emergency responders have set up emergency infrastructure. Over the past couple of years, we have really been reminded of how quickly things can change. The following are some tips to help you be best prepared:
- Register for emergency alerts:
- Public Alerts: https://www.publicalerts.org/signup/
- Prepare a home emergency kit: For a list of recommended items and tips- https://www.ready.gov/kit
- Prepare a vehicle emergency kit: https://www.ready.gov/car
- Prepare for emergencies with your pets and animals: https://www.ready.gov/pets
- Prepare financially for emergencies: https://www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness
- Learn about Earthquake Preparation:
- Shake Alert- Learn about early earthquake detection:
- We live in the Pacific NW and are always anticipating the “big one”. Think about how you might prepare today with this TED Talk from Steven Eberlein. https://youtu.be/NJoAF4oj_oM
- Learn about Wildfire Preparation: Wildfires | Ready.gov
- Safeguard documents and valuables- What type of documents should you have saved and have access to in an emergency? Worried you may not remember the property you left behind when you have to file an insurance claim? Walk around and video your home and the belongings inside so you can refer back to it later. Learn more: Safeguard Critical Documents and Valuables (ready.gov) and Document and Insure Your Property (ready.gov)
- Prepare for loss of power: It wasn’t that long ago we experienced a major ice storm that impacted power to much of the area for several days. Take inventory of what you would do to provide heating/cooling sources or supplement power to run critical medical equipment or other items during a lengthy power outage. Have a plan!
Ultimately, it’s better to be prepared and never need it. For more information, be sure to check out Plan Ahead for Disasters | Ready.gov
Check it Out!
Here are some great resources from our very own Happy Valley Library:
Build the perfect bug out bag: your 72-hour disaster survival kit by Creek Stewart
Build the perfect survival kit by John D. McCann
The natural disaster survival handbook by Outdoor Life
The cure for catastrophe: how we can stop manufacturing natural disasters by Robert Muir-Wood
Curious about how to get a library card? The library is now fully reopened! You can register for a card in-person at the library building anytime we’re open. All you’ll need is a photo ID and something proving where you live (i.e., your ID if it has your current address, a bank statement, utility bill, etc.).
Did you know your library card not only lets you choose from around a million physical items to check out, but also grants access to free eBooks and eAudiobooks? Visit the website here for further information. In addition, your card gets you free access to several Online Resources such as Consumer Reports, and there are Cultural Passes to a variety of local venues like the Japanese Gardens and the Oregon State Parks. You can also ask your Happy Valley librarians to make a custom book bundle for you or your kids!