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Take some time to make a plan and be prepared

The ongoing wildfire serves as a reminder to take some time to prepare for the possibility of an emergency.

Wildfires and severe winter weather are two emergencies likely to occur in our region, and being prepared can make a big difference in how well a household weathers these events.

While it may seem like an impossible task to be ready for any and all emergencies; a few easy steps go a long way toward being prepared:

•. Build a Kit: Assemble an emergency supply kit well in advance of an emergency. Evacuation may come at a moment’s notice and this can provide the essentials. Start with some basic supplies such as non-perishable food and water (one gallon per person per day) for each family member for at least three days, a first-aid-kit and a battery-powered radio. Make a commitment to complete your kit and keep it maintained and up-to-date. See the link below for a complete list.

•. Make a Plan: Have a family discussion to think through the details of everyday life in order to decide how to prepare yourselves. Include a plan for communicating with each other, taking in to consideration where household members spend time each day. Also consider the possibility that you may need to remain in your home (shelter in place) or you may need to evacuate. Have a plan for both possibilities.

• Be Informed: Learn about potential emergencies that could take place where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them.

In addition:

• Visit North Central Public Health District’s website www.wshd.org and click the Emergency Readiness tab for a complete list of recommended items for a basic emergency supply kit. Other links provide a lot of useful information about preparedness.

• Learn about and sign up for Wasco County’s Citizen Alert Notification on their website www.co.wasco.or.us. A link can be found on the home page.

• Consider volunteering for SERV-OR and the local Medical Reserve Corps at www.wshd.org.

• September is National Preparedness Month. Mark your calendar to attend the Get Ready The Dalles Event on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Water’s Edge in The Dalles.

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