Living in the City of Medford, we face several hazards such as wildfires, severe weather, earthquakes, and human-caused emergencies. While it may sound cliché, it is not a matter of "if," but a matter of "when" we will encounter one of these emergencies. This is why planning for emergencies ahead of time will help you and your family be better prepared to deal with an emergency situation when it happens.
What type of emergencies can you face where you live, where you work, and where you play? Where will you or your family be when the emergency happens? Sit down as a family and talk about some options; make a game plan before a disaster strikes.
Emergencies and disasters can occur quickly and without warning, forcing you to evacuate your neighborhood or shelter-in-place within your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity, or communication services – were entirely cut off?
The state of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management encourages people to be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of two weeks. This lessens the strain on emergency responders who need to focus limited resources on injured and other vulnerable populations immediately following a disaster.
What does two weeks look like?
There is no one correct way to put together two weeks’ worth of supplies, since everyone has individual dietary and medical needs. If your family includes children, seniors, or pets, you will have additional needs. Everyone’s kit will look different but for a basic starting point, see the list of items on page 7 of the American Red Cross Cascade Region Prepare! guide, or on our "Make A Kit" page.