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Goodbye, Preparedness Month; Hello, Preparedness

By Jaymee Cuti

We had a blast learning about Preparedness Month with you!

At the Portland Water Bureau, we prepare as part of our daily work - hardening the backbone of our water system and building storage that will last for generations.

This month, we shared with you the stories of your neighbors and their best preparedness efforts.

Your neighbors Darcelle of Darcelle XV Showplace, Neighborhood Emergency team member Catie and Victor of Caspian Kabob are prepared for an emergency by storing water. View their stories here:

Then we asked you to share your story. Make your own video to show your stored water. Post to or @PortlandWater on Twitter with the hashtag #ShowYourH2O and you’ll be entered to win a LifeStraw personal filter for your emergency kit.

We also created an “I ♥ Preparedness” display of many different options for water storage at home, from the LifeStraw personal filter to a 55 gallon drum and many, many options in between. Stackable WaterBricks were particularly popular. We brought our display throughout the city all month, demonstrating in downtown Portland, at the Portland Water Bureau’s Employee Safety Fair, at the Red Cross’ Prepare Out Loud event and at Aquifer Adventure.

In an emergency, everyone has a role to play. What’s your role?

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency kit that includes water. People can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. In the Pacific Northwest, your kit should be able to sustain your entire household (pets too!) for 14 days. Experts predict that our region is overdue for a major earthquake that will severely damage water systems and other infrastructure. When this occurs, it will take time for emergency supplies to reach the greater Portland-metro area. You will need to rely on your own resources until help arrives.
Keep learning about safely storing water for an emergency. Need help getting started?

• See HOW to store your emergency H2O.
• See WHERE to store your emergency H2O.
• See WHAT types of containers to use for your emergency H2O.
• Using your own containers to store water for an emergency? Here’s how:

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