Are You Ready for What's Coming?

A caution sign in inclement weather

Living in a city, we rely on the services that are available all around us -- water, electricity, grocery stores, gas stations, delivery service -- for our daily comfort and survival.

When those services are cut off by flood, fire, blizzard or other disaster, do you have what you need to keep your household safe and comfortable until the lights and other services are restored? To be ready for these kinds of events, make emergency preparedness a priority

"Who has more time for more priorities? In a regular day-to-day, normal life, we already have too many priorities," said Greg Walsh, City of Salem Emergency Manager. "But we do know emergencies and disasters affect everyone when they happen, in some way or another."

In honor of National Disaster Preparedness Month, we are launching a daily series of stories about steps you can take to better prepare your household for when disaster strikes. The goal is be ready for at least a two-week interruption of food sources and other services, which is what can be expected in a serious, regional disaster.

The steps we will outline can be accomplished in a couple of spare hours per week or weekend over the course of 24 weeks, so save these stories so that you can refer to them as we go along. Or sign up for weekly notices at #2WeeksReady. Each step will be divided into two parts: Make a Plan and Build a Kit.

Let's get started!

Ready Step 1

Remember, this is just the first step.


  • Identify a storage area for your emergency supplies
  • Date perishable supplies


  • A container or containers to store and easily transport your emergency supplies
  • 2 gallons of water per person and pets
  • 7 cans of nonperishable food per person
  • A manual can opener
  • A permanent marker
  • Additional: Pet food, diapers, baby food

    Store your emergency goods together in a clean container, storage tote or backpack, near an exit, such as your garage door. If you store your kit outside, be sure to put it in a weather- and animal-proof container.

    If your house is not structurally sound after an earthquake, or if you need to "grab and go" in a hurry, such as during a fire or flood, you will want your emergency kit close to an exit or outside.

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