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Tornados, Earthquakes, Floods… Even in Oregon, anything is possible and will happen when you least expect it.

Tornados, Earthquakes, Floods… Even in Oregon, anything is possible and will happen when you least expect it. Are you prepared for a storm or natural disaster?

You should have enough food, water and other supplies for at least 72 hours. Keep a survival kit in a safe place that is cool and dry. And remember to keep your kit
up-to-date. Having a working grill can be a huge help if power goes out. If you have animals, make sure you have dog and/or cat food on hand.


Water, nonperishable foods, batteries, candles, matches, medicines, Battery-powered or Hand-cranked Radio, First Aid kit, Lighting, Sleeping Bags/Blankets, Sanitary Items, Utensils, Games and  Activities such as board games, puzzles,
coloring books and Cash!

  • WATER: Make sure you have enough water for drinking and
    flushing the toilet. The Federal Emergency Management Agency  recommends storing at least 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of water per person per day (at least three days’ worth) for drinking and sanitation purposes. Children and nursing mothers might need more. If it’s warm where you live, having additional water on hand is important to keep you hydrated. Bottled water should be in its original container, unopened and in a dark cool spot
  • FOOD: Keep unopened canned and boxed foods, along with products such as peanut butter, crackers and other nonperishable items in your kit. Experts say store at least a three day supply. Make sure that the food in
    your emergency kit is not expired. Throw away any food that is exposed to
    contaminated flood water. If it smells, swells or looks rancid, throw the food out. Try not to pack salty snacks, or other foods that will make you thirsty. And don’t forget the manual can opener!
  • COOKING: Fires, grills and camping stoves should all be kept outside. Some canned foods can be ate cold right out of the can. If you want to heat it over a fire, remember to remove the label and open the can before heating.
  • MEDICATIONS/FIRST AID: Your kit should contain bandages,
    antibiotic ointments, burn ointments and other emergency supplies. If you take prescription medications on a daily basis, make sure you have enough in case you can’t run to the drug store. Don’t forget to stock up on
    nonprescription drugs, such as aspirin and anti-diarrhea medications as well.
  • TOILETRIES: Toothpaste, toilet paper, diapers (if applicable),
    soap, contact lens solution, denture cream (if needed) and feminine supplies, are just a few must haves for your emergency storm kit. Some items might not seem important until you run out of them. Stick everything in a waterproof container or Ziploc bags to keep dry and sterile.
  • EMERGENCY CONTACTS: Keep on hand your gas, water, sewage
    treatment and telephone service contact numbers and website addresses. Once the power goes out, there will be relatively few ways to recharge your iPads, cell phones, tablets, PCs, laptops and other electronic devices, so keep a written list of phone numbers for family and friends in your survival kit. This list should include at least two out of state contacts.

You never know when a natural disaster could happen. So be prepared and plan ahead!

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