Get Ready

There are a few simple steps we can all take to make our families and community more prepared for disasters. It doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. Every bit helps.



Neighbors sit in lawn chairs and stand around during a block party.

Build Community

Strong social connections make us more prepared.


Person holds a document titled "Family Communication Plan."

Make Plans

Know where to go and how to communicate.


Emergency supplies are laid out on a wood floor.

Gather Supplies

Get some supplies together now so you're ready.


Volunteers in yellow and orange safety vests stand under a red tent labeled "Emergency Information." They are holding radios and standing behind a shiny silver box with the lid partially ajar.

Stay Informed

Have several ways of getting information.

Children in Columbia County create disaster buckets at a preparedness event. A group of them are standing together smiling and wearing matching yellow shirts. Two of them hold buckets.

Include Children

Talk to children and involve them in preparedness. 


Man in a wheelchair is being assisted off a bus by a female TriMet employee.

Additional Needs

We all have different needs and may need extra planning.

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Plan for Animals

Include your pets in your emergency planning.

Two 5-gallon buckets labeled PEE and POO sit on a lawn with other emergency toilet supplies.

Have a Toilet Plan

Know what to do if toilets aren't working. 




Share These!

Our state and regional partners developed these excellent resources. Share them with everyone in your life.


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Community Resilience Workbook

If you live in Portland, the Bureau of Emergency Management's Community Resilience Workbook can help you get started on your preparedness journey. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

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Neighborhood Ready Workbook

If you live in Gresham, the Neighborhood Ready Workbook is a great tool for getting yourself and your neighbors ready for an emergency. Available in English and Spanish.

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Prepare! A Resource Guide

Prepare! A Resource Guide is a great tool from the American Red Cross. Learn what to do before, during, and after disasters that are common in the Pacific Northwest. Available in English and Spanish.

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Take Five to Survive

If getting ready for emergencies seems hard, think about what you could do in just five minutes. Washington County's Take 5 to Survive materials guide you to do one thing per week. You'll be done in no time!

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Living on Shaky Ground

We're living in a part of the world that experiences earthquakes and tsunamis. Check out the Oregon Office of Emergency Management's excellent guide Living on Shaky Ground. Available in English and Spanish.