“Get Informed” Resources

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At or near the top of your Emergency Preparedness list should be Water. If the water infrastructure is either completely down or not providing clean water, how are you and your family going to survive? In this video we discuss how to store and purify water for emergencies.

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It’s important to have at least 72 hours worth of food available in an emergency. This video discusses the type and quantity of food to have on hand for both “GO” and “STAY” emergency situations. We also cover food safety and preparation to help you and your family stay healthy during disasters.

    The National Weather Service has developed an emergency alert and information network that serves over 90% of the U.S. population. Show the coverage map of the U.S.) This is a critical piece of your emergency preparedness journey, it’s imperative that you know how to use this service. Learn how to use emergency radios, NOAA Weather Radio, and the Emergency Alert System.

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    In our journey towards emergency preparedness, it’s important to learn about the hazards of Winter Storms, including snow, ice and extreme cold. Keep your family safe in these conditions.

    Extreme heat or heat wave events are becoming more frequent and more severe across the country, with climate data showing this trend will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Get informed about extreme heat and how to keep your family safe.


    Some of the most critical and most frequently experienced emergencies are extended power outages. These can affect anyone, regardless where they live in the country. And depending on the weather conditions outside, a power outage might not just be uncomfortable, but downright dangerous. So let’s get informed about power outages.


    One aspect of emergency preparedness that is often overlooked is toileting. In the event of a natural disaster or other emergency situation, access to clean and functioning toilets may become limited or even non-existent. In this video we will discuss the different emergency toileting options from the more expensive to least expensive, and actually show you how to put together a simple bucket toilet.


    In this video, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using solar or gas generators during a power outage. With the obvious changing and unpredictable weather we’re all experiencing, frequent power outages are becoming a common occurrence, it is important to know your options for backup power.


    Power outages can happen unexpectedly and often in conjunction with extreme weather, and when they do, having a reliable source of emergency lighting can make all the difference. In this video, we’ll be looking at some of the options for emergency lighting during a power outage.


    As wildfires become increasingly common and severe in many parts of the world, it’s important for homeowners to be prepared for the potential impacts of wildfire smoke on indoor air quality. Wildfire smoke can contain harmful pollutants, such as particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds, which can pose serious health risks, especially for vulnerable individuals such as children, elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions and special needs.


    Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters, and it can happen anywhere, even in areas that are not traditionally prone to floods. Floods can cause significant damage to property and infrastructure, and they can also put people’s lives at risk. That’s why it’s essential to be prepared for flooding and have a plan in place in case of an emergency.


    Earthquakes are one of the most unpredictable natural disasters that can strike without warning, leaving behind widespread damage and devastation. Whether you live in a high-risk area or not, being prepared for an earthquake is crucial for the safety of you and your loved ones. By taking the time to prepare and practice now, you can help ensure that you and your family are as ready possible if an earthquake strikes. So, let’s dive in and learn how to stay safe and resilient in the face of big shake.


    When disaster strikes, being prepared can make all the difference. Having the right emergency preparedness tools can help you stay safe and comfortable during a disaster. When trying to identify what you might need during a disaster, a quick online search with the phrase “emergency tools” will reveal dozens of helpful items that could be used to help keep you and your family safe, and it will really depend on your particular situation. Today we’ll simply introduce five important tools that many people should include in their emergency preparedness kits:


    Power outages can happen unexpectedly and last for hours or even days, leaving us without access to essential electrical devices. One solution to this problem is to invest in a solar generator, which can provide a reliable source of power during outages. However, it’s important to select the proper size of solar generator to meet your energy needs. In this video, we will discuss the steps involved in determining the size of a solar generator to have during power outages.


    In this video we are going to discuss emergency evacuation for visually impaired individuals with a service dog. We understand that emergencies can happen at any time, so it’s crucial to be prepared. We will guide you through 4 steps of emergency preparedness to include (Preparation, communication, evacuation, safe location).


    By conducting an annual emergency preparedness checklist, individuals and families can stay one step ahead, ensuring their plans are effective and their supplies are ready when disaster strikes. In this video, we will explore the essential aspects that should be checked or updated each year to maintain a robust emergency preparedness strategy.


    “Make a Plan” Resources

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    Making a Family Emergency Communication Plan is an important step you should take to prepare for the unexpected. Immediately knowing where to go, what to do, and who to contact can help you and your family safely navigate a chaotic and confusing time, and remain calm while doing it.

    Learn how to keep your family safe during an emergency evacuation. This video explains the important things to consider when putting together your evacuation plan.

    In times of emergency or disaster, it’s crucial to have a plan in place not just for yourself, but also for your furry friends. Pets are an important part of our families and, just like us, they can be affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters, fires, or medical emergencies. Therefore, it’s essential to be prepared and have a plan in place to ensure their safety and well-being. This is another important piece to your overall family disaster plan.

    In this video we first cover an emergency plan for horses and then we’ll discuss plans to minimize the danger to livestock in a disaster scenario. We’ll be referring to the emergency planning guidance put out by the Humane Society of the United States, and we encourage you to visit their website for more valuable information.

    “Build a Kit” Resources

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    A Go kit is a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency that requires you to evacuate your location, this is why we call it a go kit, because you need to be able to grab it and go.

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    An emergency stay kit is a collection of essential items that can help you survive and stay comfortable during unexpected events or natural disasters. It’s important to be prepared for emergency situations, and having an emergency stay kit can help you do just that.

    In the event of an emergency, having a well-prepared emergency kit in your vehicle can be a lifesaver. Whether you are on a long road trip, running errands around town, or having to evacuate from your location, it is always a good idea to have emergency supplies in your car. In this video, we will provide you with a checklist to help you create a basic emergency kit for your vehicle.

    In today’s uncertain world, it’s essential to have a plan in place for emergencies that could arise when you are away from home. In a best case scenario, you are able to use your normal mode of transportation to return home. What if this wasn’t the case and you needed to either shelter in place for a time before going home or perhaps leave your vehicle and head home on foot.

    Additional Resources

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    Oregon Health Sciences University – Preparedness Resources

    Videos, lists, flyers, and more to help you prepare for an emergency or disaster. CLICK HERE 

    Free downloadable emergency communication aids from Temple University. CLICK HERE

    SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), a parent-led and family-centered non-profit parent training and information center (PTI) provides support to individuals with disabilities through the transition from secondary school and into competitive employment and independent living.

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    Visit the COSDN “Emergency Preparedness” video library.  CLICK HERE