Emergency Preparedness

The Pacific Northwest, and the greater Portland metro area, isn’t usually thought of as disaster prone. But, in the world of water, emergencies come in different shapes and sizes. It is for this reason that the Regional Water Providers Consortium and its water provider members are focused on planning for events – small and large – that could impact local water supplies. We also need you to take steps to ensure that you and your loved ones have enough water in the event of a large-scale emergency.

Your role in emergency prep

Your emergency kit should be able to sustain your entire household for 14 days. That’s how long it is estimated it will take for help to arrive to the Portland, OR metro area after a major earthquake. Until then, you will have to rely on your own resources (including your own water supplies). And, if you are prepared, then responders will be able to focus on delivering limited resources to more vulnerable members of our communities. Start your emergency prep with water – learn how here.

What water providers are doing

Individually, water provider’s work focuses on ensuring that their water system can deliver you the water you need, when you need it 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In addition, water providers are completing seismic upgrades and other projects to make water systems more resilient. Read about some of these projects here.

What the Consortium is doing

The Consortium and its 22 water provider members work together on projects that focus on ensuring that the greater Portland metro area is resilient. In addition to its own emergency preparedness efforts, the Consortium plays an active role in larger regional planning and preparation efforts.