WELCOME to the Emergency Preparedness website

This site was established to provide you with information to help you prepare for emergencies. We hope to have  current information and links to other web sites to help provide answers to all kinds of emergency preparedness questions. Please take a look at all it currently has to offer and continue to look in on as we plan on adding some classes and additional websites.

Last update 10/15


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Emergency Preparation Sessions from SMILE

In the event of a major disaster such as an earthquake, neighbors helping neighbors will be the way we survive until help comes from the outside.

From now through December 2015, SMILE is offering a set of three, one-hour sessions on preparing for earthquakes and other disasters. We are looking for volunteers to help by hosting/or helping with “Block Parties”. Block Party participants are defined as the neighbors that live on both sides of one block, and perhaps the people who live around the corner.

The first session will help you prepare your home and family for any emergency. The main focus will be earthquakes.

The second session provides information on the various types of kits needed to prepare you to “Go” or “Stay”, wherever you are, as the disaster unfolds. We will also talk about water, it’s storage and purification and organic waste disposal and treatment.

In the last one-hour session you will learn how to organize your neighbors; how to put together contact info, skills and equipment inventory for your neighbors, and how to continue to maintain contact with them. There will be a discussion of the special needs of children during disasters also.

If you have taken the time to think about all the “What if’s” in the various disasters then you have already started the process to help you and your family survive.

So now take the next steps, host a Block Party, get better informed, make more formal plans and practice them with your family and help your neighbors get organized. In the end you will have a plan and be ready for anything!

To sign up or for more info contact Gail Hoffnagle at smileghoffnagle@gmail.com.

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New Websites

These websites will provide info for Emergency Preparation needs. Some are general some are more specific. Use them to supplement what you have learned to protect yourself, your family and your neighbors from all kinds of emergencies. Updated 10/15

PREPOREGON.ORG             A General information site

bayarearetrofit.com/retrofits/   Earthquake retrofits

portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/334429       Earthquake retrofits and general info

thereadystore.com                   Emergency food and supplies

rei.com                                    Emergency food and supplies

wisefoodstorage.com              Emergency food and supplies

prep2live.selfreliance.com       Emergency food and supplies

SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare)      info specific to neighborhoods

quakekare.com                        All inclusive Kits for 72 hours plus food and supplies

fema.gov                                 Extensive information on preparing for all types of disasters


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Help/OK Sign to Print and Use

Here’s a Help/OK sign customized for Sellwood. Keep it near your front window. In case of a disaster, once you’ve taken care of yourself and your family, post this sign in your window to signal that you are OK and do not need assistance or that you need HELP. You can print it in color or black and white, one sided or two, it will work regardless.



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Updated 10/15

If you’d like to be part of a major research project tracking seismic activity, check out NetQuakes:

The USGS is trying to achieve a denser and more uniform spacing of seismographs in select urban areas to provide better measurements of ground motion during earthquakes. These measurements improve our ability to make rapid post-earthquake assessments of expected damage and contribute to the continuing development of engineering standards for construction.

To accomplish this, we developed a new type of digital seismograph that communicates its data to the USGS via the internet. The seismographs connect to a local network via WiFi and use existing broadband connections to transmit data after an earthquake. The instruments are designed to be installed in private homes, businesses, public buildings and schools with an existing broadband connection to the internet.

OPB has an article that gives more of a feel for it: Homeowners Help USGS Track Quake Danger In ‘NetQuakes’ Project.

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A National Community / Neighborhood Exercise

A team of national, regional, state and local agencies and organizations have undertaken an effort to develop, facilitate and evaluate a recurring series of disaster exercises entitled “Formidable Footprint”.

This series of exercises serves as an opportunity for governmental agencies along with community and faith based organizations to assess their capability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a variety of natural disasters which affect communities and neighborhoods.

For more information see the Disaster Resistant Communities Group website.

As of 10/15 this continues to be a valid website with current info on classes available in the coming months that may be of interest to you.

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The Key To Disaster Survival? Friends and Neighbors

Follow THIS LINK for an excellent article on the most important factor in surviving disaster: friends and neighbors. There you’ll find both the original NPR audio story as well as a full transcript with photos.

As of 10/15 This link is still working and again is a very important read.

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Get on Board to Be Prepared

These websites is designed to help you prepare yourself, your household, and your block to be resilient in the event of a disaster–from a prolonged winter storm and blackout to a major earthquake.

This continues to be good information as of 10/15

For mental preparedness, read Unpacking for Disaster

For the practical details, start here:  How to Organize Your Block.


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