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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

Additional Disaster Supplies


  • Large plastic trash bags (for trash, waste and water protection).
  • Large trash can.
  • Bar soap and liquid detergent.
  • Shampoo.
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes.
  • Feminine and infant supplies.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Household liquid bleach for water purification, plus eyedropper for measuring.
  • Newspaper to wrap garbage and waste.
  • Pre-moistened towelettes.
  • Bucket, plastic trash bags, bleach and two boards to construct a makeshift toilet.

Safety and Comfort

  • Heavy gloves for cleaning up debris.
  • Sturdy shoes (keep pair by bed).
  • Clothes for protection from cold, rain or extreme heat.
  • Matches, kept in waterproof, child-resistant container.
  • Glowsticks or lightsticks.
  • Garden hose with shut-off nozzle for fighting fire.
  • Tent and tarps.
  • Whistle to signal or help.

Tools and Supplies

  • Crescent wrench, 12 inches or longer (store near natural gas shut-off in waterproof container).
  • Axe, shovel, pry bar and broom.
  • Screwdrivers, pliers and hammer.
  • Coil of 1/2 inch nylon rope (50 feet).
  • Pocket knife and staple gun.
  • Pen and paper (stored in watertight container).
  • Change for telephone or telephone calling card.

Emergency Supplies For Your Vehicle and Work

  • Blanket and/or sleeping bag.
  • Booster cables and tool kit.
  • Bottled water (use a heavy plastic bottle specificalyl made for water storage and fill with tap water).
  • Canned fruits and nuts and can opener.
  • Critical prescriptions.
  • Emergency flares and distress flag/sign.
  • First aid kit and reference guide.