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Preparing for Emergencies

Friday, September 11, 2020

My state, Oregon, is being devastate by wildfires. California and Washington and other states are in the same boat. This has made me realize that I need to be prepared for an emergency. My friends that had to evacuate had less than 5 minutes warning. Here are some steps that I am taking to be prepared.

Pack a bag of essentials, including medications, masks, hand sanitizer, clean underwear, toothbrush and toothpaste. I have my passport, id, cash, insurance cards and credit cards ready to go. Have laptop, phone and chargers organized and ready to grab.

I put some emergency snacks and water bottles in my car. I'm also stashing my sleeping bag and small pillow in the trunk. I also have flashlight, emergency road kit (flares and jumper cables etc.), and first aid kit in the car.

Take photos of your home, exterior and each room, and copy to a flash drive or other storage device.

I signed up to my county's emergency notifications. I was on their list under my old land line. I did not realize that my cell phone, which now is my only phone, was not in their system. They have an automated alert system, but they have to have your phone number for it to work.

We are expecting extremely hazardous smoke conditions for the next few days. I have a HEPA filter in my bedroom, which helps. And I found on-line instructions for creating a simple and inexpensive air filter suitable for a single room. That will increase my comfort level in my home. Here is the link if you are in the same situation and need an air filter.


I am very grateful that my city has not been hit by the fires (yet). Our area is serving as a place for evacuees from nearby small cities in the mountains, some of which have been destroyed. I am glad that the Red Cross is putting people up in hotels instead of barracks at the county fair; the hotels are much safer in this pandemic. This is a very dangerous fire year; it looks like an inferno in far too many locations.

I know that many other areas face other disasters and emergencies, such as hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes. I thought I would share what I am doing to be prepared. And I am interested if you have other tips and suggestions.
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    as soon as I heard about the fires in Oregon I thought of you & started praying for you & your friends I had a call Friday my friend in California has asthma & is having more attacks she said it is all orange & hazy smoky outside. Prayng for your family in California is safe
    take care
    36 days ago
  • EISSA7
    You seem very well prepared...I can only add that you may want to keep your auto’s gas tank full.... and select a few pre-cellphone photo albums that have special pics to take with you. Stay safe; I truly hope that you have no need to evacuate!!
    37 days ago
    You are well prepared. All a good thing. I hope that your town doesn't get the fire. Am very sorry that you even have to go through all of this. Be safe.
    37 days ago
    You sound very well-prepared Alison. Ken's brother and his wife drove up into Washington and are staying in a motel. I hope that you don't have to leave, but am glad that you straightened out your phone number for emergency contact.

    I have been praying for you, other friends and relatives in Oregon, friends in California and also in Washington. I pray that you are safe and that rain will come to help put out the fires.............also that no firemen and women are injured or killed.
    38 days ago
    get out, maybe it’s best. My son always has a survivor pack... canned foods, candles, water ...and I also keep emergency stuff in my car... not food, but cold weather boots, jumper cables, I should keep a shovel too. And candles. Let us know ....
    38 days ago
    Your preparation is an eye opener. I hope you don’t have to leave your home - my clisedt experience was an ice storm in Quebec that had us freezing , no hydro, not much to eat, no gadoline, no atm for cash. People did die in their homes... If you can
    38 days ago
    Thank you for the tips on evacuation readiness, my friend.
    I hope you stay safe at home.
    My heart aches for all the people involved with these horrid fires.
    38 days ago
    I was wondering about you! Glad your still safe but great ideas for emergency!
    38 days ago
    I didn't realize that you were that close to the fires, Alison. You are well prepared, but I hope and pray that you will not need to evacuate.
    38 days ago
    Take care! We are thinking of you! 😳
    38 days ago
    You are so thoughtful. Praying the fires are contained and out soon.
    38 days ago
    38 days ago
    Great idea. Maybe take disinfectant, disposable gloves if you go to a hotel. Plus, maybe a couple cans with pop off tops, so you have a quick eat if restaurants are closed or power outages. You can eat beans or some soups out of a can easily. We were just talking about that yesterday. Time to get ready to evacuate if needed. We have 6 systems being tracked now. We're going to put things in a big duffle bag that will stay in there all the time. So won't need to pack each time for evacuations (except last minute things).
    So I hope all will be ok for you. So sad about all the fires and devastation!! emoticon emoticon
    39 days ago
    Stay safe. emoticon
    39 days ago
    The fires are terrifying. the smoke is so thick one cant breathe
    39 days ago
    Stay safe.
    39 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    39 days ago
    Yes, it is scary to see so much fire destruction. Stay safe.
    39 days ago
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