Personal Preparedness

Is your emergency kit a disaster? Include water in your emergency kit. 1 gallon per person per day

Maybe "getting prepared" has been on your list for longer than you'd like to admit. Here are 3 steps you can take in less than 3 minutes to get from "should-do" to "done."

One of the most important things you can do is have an emergency supply of water. People can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. So, water is a good place to start your preparedness efforts.

  • Right now: Click here to sign up for public alerts, an emergency notification service in the Portland-Vancouver metro area. Just do it. We will be here when you get back.
  • Do some quick arithmetic: How many people live in your house? Multiply that number by 14. Your answer is the amount of water you'll need for your emergency kit (plus a little more for your pets!). Even small steps like understanding how much water you need can bring you one step closer to finding and filling those containers sometime later this year. Do you need much more water than you expected? Don’t give up! Water sources in your house, such as your water heater, can dramatically tip the scales on your stored vs. needed water equation. You might already have what you need, so take a moment to review some quick and easy options.
  • Last but not least, take 30 seconds to think of one or two family members or close friends who live out of state and could serve as your emergency contact if local phone lines are down. This contact should be able to send and receive texts because you may find that you can send and receive texts but cannot make a voice call during an emergency. Bonus points if you text them right now to ask if they would be willing to be your out of state contact.

Admit it - it feels great to get prepared. Now all that is left to do is to build on your successes in the coming year. Bookmark our site as a solid resource for you are ready to take the next step in your personal preparedness.