You never know when a disaster or an emergency might strike. In that crisis moment, your preparedness and training—with your family and neighbors—might save your life and home.
Bill and I have been teaching disaster and neighborhood readiness for five years as a way to build connected, caring, and resilient neighborhoods. All our training was put to the test on January 4th, 2023, when a power surge ignited an electrical fire in our basement, threatening our lives and property.
We survived and saved our home because of our training and the support of our neighbors. I’m writing this blog to pass along lessons we learned, including what skills and preparation counted the most during this emergency. My hope is that you might learn from our experience and take steps to get prepared, to protect yourself and family, today. This could happen to you. Be ready for it!
How to Become Earthquake Safe in Your Home - Free Training
Register on Zoom for this free training on Monday, 1/23/23, 7 – 8 PM.
The BIG ONE? Will your piano rock? Your refrigerator roll? Many items we consider stable become a threat with undulation and earth tremors. Your cozy winter, in-house attention can generate great results for early preparation. In this meeting, we'll help you think through what might happen during a large earthquake, and how you can prepare and practice ahead of time to protect yourself and your loved ones. You will learn--in a fun, interactive format--the steps for becoming earthquake safe within your home. Join our Zoom meeting on Monday, January 23 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome, and its free. Share and invite all your important people. Register in advance for this meeting: https://tinyurl.com/quakeprep012323
Questions? Visit us at www.cedarhillsready.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Every moment counts in a medical emergency. Make sure first responders have critical information about your kids, even if you aren't there. Take advantage of a free, confidential service, sponsored by OHSU.
HERO Kids Registry is a voluntary, no-cost system that lets any Oregon family share critical information about their child’s health before an emergency. The information can be quickly accessed by emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital emergency department (ED) providers, so they have the information they need when they need it.
By registering with HERO Kids, you give EMS and ED providers a head start on understanding your child's medical history, unique needs and individualized supports. For example, it helps emergency responders to know if a young patient is non-verbal.
HERO Kids is for any Oregon child or young adult (through age 26). It is especially useful for young people with complicated or chronic health conditions, and for those who experience developmental disabilities or mental health conditions. Learn more and register your kids at the OHSU Hero Kids Registry.
Did you watch the 2022 Earthshot awards on OPB? I was delighted and inspired by the winners. One that stood out for me was the award-winning Makuru Stoves, a stove which creates 70% less particulate matter than stoves currently in use in Nairobi. Wouldn't it be a cool stove to have that stove for disaster preparedness? The Earthshot Prize is awarded to five winners each year for their contributions to environmentalism. Check out the winners here.
Are you wondering about some creative gift ideas that could keep your loved ones safe? The Holiday Edition of the quarterly newsletter from the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs' December Newsletter has some amazing holiday gifting ideas. Check it out!
It took a while, but temperatures have dropped, and the leaves are following suit. If these leaves happen to fall near storm drains, it's best to clear them away to prevent stresses to our water treatment system. But if falling on turf or soil, leaves often serve a beneficial role to the ecosystem in which they fall. So consider whether it may be sensible for you to "leave the leaves" this fall :)
Please also leave us a response [for us to "leaf through"] in our 2nd annual Preparedness Survey! Your feedback will help inform our focal topics in 2023, so we want to hear from you whether you've started one of these projects, or completed over half of them. THANK YOU!!!
Lincoln Thomas, Cedar Hills Ready! Newsletter Editor
Its Thanksgiving week, and many of us are traveling to enjoy family or friends during the holiday season. Bill and I are at the Oregon coast, watching a storm roll in. It's wild and beautiful: the wind catches the white tops of waves and sideways rain pelts our umbrellas. If you are planning a trip during severe weather this season, consider first reading this article from Portland Bureau of Transportation for tips on how to make your trip safe. This article includes tips for planning ahead, using multiple forms of transportation, and what to do if you get stranded in your vehicle. You can download fliers on the website, translated into multiple languages. Click the two sample fliers below. More translations are available on this website.
Karen Ronning-Hall, Disaster Preparedness Evangelist, living in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with hubby Bill, daughter Geneva, Bean dog, Thumper kitty, and Terry the turtle.