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Prepping For The Worst Disasters Makes One Ready For The Smaller Ones

Brian Bull

Relief agencies and local governments have been urging people more than usual to be well-equipped for any number of catastrophes.  AS KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s all part of National Preparedness Month.

A number of natural threats – from a Cascadian earthquake to tsunamis to wildfires – could hit Oregon.  In the case of large scale disasters, officials want residents to have two weeks’ worth of rations.

Carisa Hettich is Executive Director of the Southwest Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross.  She encourages people to get ready sooner than later.

Credit Brian Bull / KLCC
Recommended emergency provisions include a hand-cranked weather radio, gloves, duct tape, and a first-aid kit.

“The more people can get prepared for the Big Cascadia, it’ll help them be prepared for the smaller events like the wildfires, floods, the winter storms," she tells KLCC.  

"The day to day disasters that oftentimes people said, ‘I never realized how cold it could be, for a whole week without power.” 

Hettich says while some things may seem spendy, thrift stores, dollar stores, and the 211 help-line can all help people find affordable provisions.

WEB EXTRA: Carisa Hettich shows many essential and important elements to a survival kit for homes and individuals:

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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