People in Oregon were working on adjusting their lives to autumn and a return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic when they were suddenly confronted with dangerous wildfires, evacuations and hazardous smoke. While so many folks are still having to adjust their lives after being impacted by the wildfires, it may seem like too much to think about preparedness for future emergencies at this time. Even so, keeping track of what you are missing in your preparedness kit right now while it’s fresh on your mind may really help you in the future.
There are many low-to-no cost actions you can do today that will help you in the event of a disaster or emergency, including measures everyone can take during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. You can limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family by taking steps to:
Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area and learn what to do before, during and after each type of emergency.
Have important documents lined up, from insurance coverage to health/medical records.
Learn how to make your home more prepared for emergencies, both structurally and non-structurally.
Sign up for emergency alerts so that during a disaster or emergency, you receive immediate life-saving information from your state and local municipality and are prepared to act fast.
Ensure your home has the right types of insurance coverage based on where you live. Consider purchasing homeowners, renters, health, life and/or flood insurance to protect yourself and your property.
Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has a webpage that can help you prepare for future emergencies.
(Article from September 28, 2020, Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Update.)
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