Emergency Preparedness: Neighborhood Ready

    The past year has reminded us of the need to be prepared. Disasters come in all types from slowly evolving pandemics to earthquakes striking with only a few second’s notice. In between are wildfires, ice storms and power outages to name a few disasters that could – and do – affect our region.

    How prepared is your family for the next disaster?

    Join members of Tigard’s Community Emergency Response Team as they share ideas on how to prepare your family for whatever comes next. The free 90-minute webinar will cover a variety of topics from what items to collect for your emergency kit to making plans to reunify and communicate with your family.

    A key theme of the webinar is the need to be flexible, as no two disasters are alike. How you respond may depend on time of day, whether you are at home or elsewhere, and whether you need to hunker down (like for a pandemic) or bug out (a wildfire).

    The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. To register for the webinar, please go to bit.ly/tigardreadywebinar. You will receive a confirmation email that will include instructions on joining the webinar.

    Month 5 Preparedness List

    Items to Purchase 

    • Hammer, screwdriver, adjustable wrench, and crowbar 
    • Rope, duct tape, plumber’s tape 
    • Hand-powered AM/FM/weather radio 

    Things To Do 

    • Check with your child’s school about their emergency and disaster plans.
    • Change batteries on your home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
    • Put shoes and a flashlight under your bed so they are on-hand during an emergency.

    Tigard CERT Inc. is a local non-profit organization allied with the City of Tigard that trains volunteers in basic emergency response and organizational skills following the Federal Emergency Management Agency model and guidelines for local Community Emergency Response Teams. Members complete a 27-hour, FEMA curriculum before becoming certified.

    Tigard CERT volunteers provide support during emergencies when our community’s professional emergency services teams may be overwhelmed by the situation. Tigard CERT also provides staff and support for community events such as the Tigard Balloon Festival, the City of Tigard Public Works Day, the Community Preparedness Fair, and other events. 

    For more information about Tigard CERT, please visit our website at tigardcert.wordpress.com.