Natural Disasters

Be Informed

After getting your emergency kit and developing your family emergency plan, your next step is to become and stay informed of the potential emergencies that can happen in your area as well as the latest news and developments. 

Do you know what natural disasters your neighborhood is at risk for?  How would you respond if one hit?  What about man-made disasters in your region?  Identifying the potential risk and planning for your response means that you and your family will lessen the impact and shorten the time to get your life back on track.

Use our collection of disaster information in our Emergency Preparedness Resource Library to get you started.  We've also included links to government and non-profit agencies as well as links to our favorite Twitter and Facebook pages.

Did you know...

On June 12, 2009 all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States ceased broadcasting on traditional (analog) airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. Digital broadcasting allows television stations to offer improved picture and sound quality and additional channels. An important benefit of the switch to all-digital broadcasting is that it now frees up new parts of the traditional (analog) broadcast spectrum for public safety communications (such as police, fire departments, and rescue squads). Find out more about whether or not you will be impacted by the digital TV (DTV) transition. Visit the Federal Communications Commission web site here

Emergency Preparedness Library

Do you know how to prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters in your area?  Consult our Emergency Preparedness Library for complete information, safety tips, and more.

Earthquake Safety 


Winter Storm and Extreme Cold

Extreme Heat






Thunderstorms and Lightning


Stay informed through Social Media

Social Media is providing up-to-the-minute news coverage for thousands of people around the world.  Are you ready to become a friend, fan or follower of emergency preparedness?  Here are some important organizations to follow:

@ your local office of emergency management (search "your city name OEM" ex: Portland OEM)



American Red Cross



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