September 14, 2021

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:

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

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Here are some great resources from our very own Happy Valley Library:

Emergency Kits

Build the perfect bug out bag: your 72-hour disaster survival kit by Creek Stewart

Build the perfect survival kit by John D. McCann


Prepping 101: 40 steps you can take to be prepared : protect your family; prepare for weather disasters; be ready and resilient when emergencies arise by Kathy Harrison

The ultimate situational survival guide: self-reliance strategies for a dangerous world by Robert Richardson

Total survival: how to organize your life, home, vehicle, and family for natural disasters, civil unrest, financial meltdowns, medical epidemics, and political upheaval by James C. Jones

SAS urban survival handbook: how to protect yourself against terrorism, natural disasters, fires, home invasions, and everyday health and safety hazards by John “Lofty” Wiseman

Natural Disasters

The natural disaster survival handbook by Outdoor Life

The big ones: how natural disasters have shaped us (and what we can do about them) by Dr. Lucy Jones

The cure for catastrophe: how we can stop manufacturing natural disasters by Robert Muir-Wood

Dangerous Earth : what we wish we knew about volcanoes, hurricanes, climate change, earthquakes, and more by Ellen Prager

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!

If you have any library questions, feel free to send an email to library@happyvalleyor.gov or call (503) 783-3456 or visit the library website.


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