Prepare for Disaster: CERT offers free monthly training

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On the third Tuesday of each month, Beaverton CERT offers a free training for anyone interested in working with their neighbors on disaster preparedness.

The Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program helps save lives, reduces the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduces property damage.

MYN will help you:

  • Learn the “9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster” to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following a disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.
  • Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.
  • Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas and propane tanks for quick response if needed.
  • Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.
  • Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.

All material to help you get started with your neighbors is provided at the training for free.

Pets and Disasters

The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan should include your pets.

It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animal in the midst of a disaster; so plan ahead.

Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of State health and safety regulations. The only exception to this policy are service animals who assist people with disabilities.

Before a Disaster

Check places that may take your pet for example: Friends, relatives, hotels and motels, boarding facilities etc.

Disaster Supplies for Your Pet

  • Portable carrier
  • Food and water bowls
  • One- week supply of food and water stored in plastic bottles
  • Litter and litter box for cats
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Health records including vaccination records
  • Instructions on your pet’s feeding schedule and diet, medications, and any special needs.
  • Leashes

Keep Supplies in Your Car.

Emergency Preparedness

In addition to a 72 hour kit for your home, FEMA recommends one for your car as well in case you are stranded.

  • Jumper cables: might want to include flares
  • Flashlights: with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit: remember any necessary medications, baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
  • Non-perishable food
  • Manual can opener
  • Water: at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days
  • Pet supplies: food and water
  • Radio: battery or hand cranked
  • Cat litter or sand: for better tire traction
  • Shovel, Ice scraper. Basic toolkit
  • Warm Clothes
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Charged Cell Phone

Remember to keep a full tank of gas in case you need to evacuate.

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For more information, email or call 503-629-6400