Prepare for an emergency now!

A kayaker and truck “share the road” on Oregon Highway 36 in Mapleton (near Eugene) which was closed due to flooding on Jan. 19, 2012. (Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation)

A kayaker and truck “share the road” on Oregon Highway 36 in Mapleton (near Eugene) which was closed due to flooding on Jan. 19, 2012. (Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation)

Every Corps employee should have a preparedness plan in case of natural or man-made disaster so that you and your family are best prepared to survive any type of disaster and also ensure that USACE can successfully respond.

For information about making a plan, visit the Ready Army website, the Department of Homeland Security website and the American Red Cross website.

Create an Emergency Plan

To create an emergency plan, identify likely disasters in your area. Establish your evacuation and communications procedures knowing that many communities have predetermined routes of egress, and that cell phone/text towers and phone lines may not work. Create an in-case-of-emergency card that outlines where you and your loved ones should go during an emergency. Practice several times a year.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

Your emergency kit should include supplies for at least three days. Think of items that have multiple uses and are long lasting. Keep a kit at home and consider kits for other locations… your car, at work and a portable version.

Shelter: Weather-appropriate clothing/sleeping bags/ shelters that will keep you warm and dry.

Water: At least one gallon per person per day for at least three days (1 person will need 3 gallons of water).

Food: Items that are high energy, nonperishable and require no preparation.

First Aid/Medical/Sanitation: A first aid kit that has an emphasis on traumatic injury, non-prescription and prescription medications, and personal sanitation supplies such as moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties.

Communication: Hand-crank radio and flashlights, bright-colored plastic poncho, and battery-operated cell phone, plus a charger and extra batteries. Be sure to stay tuned to a radio or TV for information or instructions.

Tools: Fire-making materials, a multi-tool, a tool for turning off utilities, cash in small bills and pencil and paper.

Contacts: Keep a list of USACE coworkers and supervisors and 877-HI USACE (877-448-7223) to notify of your safety.

USACE Role in Disaster Response

By preparing for the safety of you and your family, you are helping ensure that the Corps of Engineers can respond to our disaster mission when assigned by Federal Emergency Management Agency. Corps employees stand ready to engage in disaster support missions that include debris management, water procurement, temporary housing and roofing, emergency power, infrastructure assessment and support to urban search and rescue.