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    Create a Home Emergency Kit

    Emergencies happen. Whether you are faced with a storm, a natural disaster or an extended power outage, here's a list of items you should have in your home emergency kit:

    • Your home emergency kit should include water, flashlights, first aid supplies, non-perishable foods and more.Flashlight, radio & fresh batteries
    • Battery operated clock
    • Lantern or candles & matches
    • One gallon of water per person per day for drinking & cooking
    • Blankets, sleeping bags & warm clothes
    • Dry firewood & kindling if you have a woodstove or fireplace to use it safely
    • Nonperishable food items that require little or no cooking, such as instant soup & snack bars
    • Camp stove or barbecue for outdoor cooking
    • First aid kit
    • Supply of prescription medicines
    • Playing cards, games & books to help pass the time
    • You should also keep a smaller kit in your car. 

    Make a Family Communications Plan

    Create a family emergency communications plan and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do in an emergency.  Learn more about creating your family communications plan

    Get to Know Your Neighborhood

    To  prepare for earthquakes or other significant natural disasters, we recommend helping your neighborhood prepare by following the steps outlined in this Map Your Neighborhood Discussion Guide from

    Other Resources

    Download a copy of Together We Prepare Oregon, an emergency preparedness brochure from the American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter. (Adobe PDF file, 2 MB)

    For Customers With Special Needs

    Download a copy of Disaster Preparedness for People with Special Needs and Persons Age 65 and Older, from the American Red Cross. (Adobe PDF file, 23 MB)

    Other Links

    For more information about creating a home emergency kit, contact:

    24-Hour Outage & Emergency Hotline

    (503) 397-1844