If you are like many people, you’ve probably been meaning to put together an emergency kit, but haven’t yet. Don’t despair. There are many resources out there to help you. Start with one thing at a time, and soon you will have a well-stocked kit.
One of the most important things you can do is have an emergency supply of water. People can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. So, water is a good place to start your preparedness efforts.
Here are some other ways you can get prepared:
- Get a kit. One of the most important things that you can do to prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency kit that includes water. You can stock your own kit or purchase a ready-made one. Find out more about what to include in your kit here.
- Make a plan. Emergencies are more common than most of us think they are. So having a plan for what to do, where to go, and how to meet up with members of your household will make it easier for you to reconnect with loved ones when something does happen.
- Be informed. It is important to be informed before, during, and after an emergency. Here are some tips to help you be in the know.
- Have an emergency water supply. After an emergency, your local water supply may not be available or safe to drink. If this is the case, you will need your own water supply until your water service is restored or an alternate emergency supply is available.
- Know how to shut off your water. Most homes have a master shut-off valve that can turn off your home's water supply in case of emergency. Make sure that other members of your household know the location of your home's emergency water shut-off valve, and how to turn it off in case of an emergency.
- Get to know your neighbors and community resources. When a disaster occurs, you and your fellow community members will likely be the first to respond and provide assistance. Making neighborhood connections beforehand will help ensure your community is well prepared for a disaster. Here are some resources for mapping your neighborhood: Get prepared with your neighbors and City of Gresham’s Neighborhood Ready booklet.