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Planning for Peace of Mind

Following decades of research, the scientific community pinpointed that a large earthquake is most likely to occur, and is in fact overdue, in the Pacific Northwest. 

You may need to survive on your own after such an emergency. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take several days. 

This means having your own food and other supplies in significant quantities to last at least three days. When it comes to water, experts recommend that each person in the family have a water supply equal to one gallon per day for 14 days, due to the higher earthquake risk in our region and the possibility that water systems and infrastructure may be severely damaged. Your household needs may be even greater; be sure to think of each family memberís specific requirements (including pets).

Take time with your family to create a plan and make an emergency kit. Give yourself peace of mind knowing that you have the resources that your family needs. Medford Water Commission has created a checklist to help you get ready and be prepared if disaster strikes. Find the checklist here.

For more ideas, like us on Facebook or Twitter and see what our staff is doing to get prepared. You can also get other helpful disaster preparedness tips, emergency kits, fillable emergency plans and more at redcross.org, fema.gov, and ready.gov.



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