Creating A Resilient Community

Benjamin Franklin said it best, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

One of the goals of the Emergency Services division is to provide you with the information you need to prepare for the natural and manmade disasters you may encounter. If every family takes action to prepare for emergencies, we can build a more resilient community.

The preparedness and safety tips listed on this webpage are designed to help you "jump start" your family's preparedness plans. You're also encouraged to explore the information on the rest of our website, to sign up for the Emergency Alert Notification System or consider becoming a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member.  

We'll be updating and adding to this page as staff time is available, so check back often!

Ten Ways You Can Be Disaster Prepared

Identify Your Risk

What are the hazards where you live or work? Find out what natural or human caused disasters pose a risk for you.

Create a Family Disaster Plan

A plan that tells everyone:

  • where to meet;
  • who you've identified as an out-of-state "family contact"
  • how to get emergency information
  • how to take care of your family pets

Practice Your Disaster Plan

Start by having family members meet at a designated spot outside your home after the shaking stops. Know when to stay put indoors, or evacuate.

Build a Disaster Supply Kit for Your Home, Car, and Office

If you are stranded in your car or have to be self-sufficient at home until help arrives, you need to have a disaster kit with you. Lists available on our website and will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Prepare Your Children

Talk to your kids about what the risks are and what your family will do if disaster strikes. Practice your plans, discuss what to expect following a major disaster and ensure that they understand what is expected of them after a disaster.

Don't Forget Those with Special Needs

Infants, seniors, those with physical disabilities and those with any special need must not be forgotten. Make sure that you have items such as medications, oxygen tank, or other medical supplies, diapers, “special foods” for those you care for.

 Learn CPR and First Aid

Contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross or Fire Department today and get trained on basic first aid and CPR. . Philomath Fire offers CPR training to the public every other month, they can be reached at  

Eliminate Hazards in Your Home and Workplace

You must secure the non-structural items in your home or office to reduce hazards, especially TVs, computers, and book cases.

Know Available Resources

Learn about your city, county and state disaster response plans and what to expect from local emergency services following a disaster.  These can be found at Community Emergency Plans.

Get Involved!

Volunteer, donate blood, join a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), involve your neighbors with the Map Your Neighborhood program, or volunteer with your local American Red Cross. Learn more about our CERT program here.

30 Tips for Emergency Preparedness

Listed in the "Support Documents" below are tips on becoming personally prepared for an emergency. We recognize that the road to becoming personally prepared for an emergency can be long and daunting. This three-part series of tips is designed to get you started.

If necessary, start small, start slow, but just start! Whatever level of preparedness you achieve today is more than you had yesterday.