Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue: Take Action Before Disaster Strikes to Prepare for Emergencies

By Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

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Experts have long warned that it is only a matter of time before a major earthquake hits Oregon. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue has taken steps to ensure all stations and operating centers have the equipment needed to respond in the event of a major disaster.

The District has also prepared personnel for disaster response through emergency planning efforts, ongoing training, and a combination of complex and smaller-scale exercises with partnering agencies.

Are you and your family prepared? 

Following a major earthquake, emergency response agencies are going to be overwhelmed. Not everyone can be helped at once. It may be days or weeks before basic services are restored and years until infrastructure is rebuilt.

It’s vital you have a personal disaster plan. There are many steps you can take before a disaster strikes. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue encourages you to take some time to create an emergency plan for you and your loved ones.

Your first concern during a disaster is likely the safety of your family members. Advanced preparations can help you locate loved ones more quickly during an emergency.

Discuss how you’ll reunite if you are separated. Select an out-of-state contact person who can relay information in the event local phone lines aren’t working.

It’s also important to know how and when to shut off utilities and plan for what to do in the event electricity, gas, phone, and water services are disrupted for a prolonged period of time. That’s where having an emergency kit of supplies to sustain you can be crucial.

Gather emergency supplies such as food, water, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, gloves, tools for shutting off utilities, medications, clothing, bedding, sanitation supplies, and camping gear.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue can provide you with helpful forms and valuable information to help you in your planning. Visit our website at www.tvfr.com and click on the Safety & Education tab at the top of the page for downloadable information on this topic and more.

Prepare now for peace of mind later.

For safety tips, visit www.tvfr.com.