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

Sep 26, 2019

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.

South Eugene residents dig out their street after heavy snows shut down the city, as well as power lines. Many confessed they were stranded without snow shovels or chains, as well as wood for their fireplaces in the days they lacked electricity.
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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.

Recommended emergency provisions include a hand-cranked weather radio, gloves, duct tape, and a first-aid kit.
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“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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