It's Earthquake Preparedness webpage states, "Because of our community's generous support of the 2014 and 2020 Bonds, the district has built several new schools and seismically upgraded others." These bonds provided the District a unique opportunity to not only address daily operational needs, but also respond to the findings of The Oregon Resilience Plan by constructing disaster resilient schools that are also capable of supporting their surrounding communities as emergency shelters.
Why two buckets?
The two-bucket emergency toilet system provides a way to separate pee and poo during an emergency. Separating poo and pee reduces the odors, so your environment is much more pleasant. More importantly, keeping pee and poo separate makes disposal easier. Most of the volume of your waste is in urine, and urine is not toxic, at least not right away, so it is easier to safely dispose of pee into the environment. On the other hand, poo contains microorganisms that can cause dysentery, cholera and a whole host of dangerous diseases. For that reason, you need to keep poo separate and dispose of it carefully.
You never know when a disaster or an emergency might strike. In that crisis moment, your preparedness and training—with your family and neighbors—might save your life and home.
Bill and I have been teaching disaster and neighborhood readiness for five years as a way to build connected, caring, and resilient neighborhoods. All our training was put to the test on January 4th, 2023, when a power surge ignited an electrical fire in our basement, threatening our lives and property.
We survived and saved our home because of our training and the support of our neighbors. I’m writing this blog to pass along lessons we learned, including what skills and preparation counted the most during this emergency. My hope is that you might learn from our experience and take steps to get prepared, to protect yourself and family, today. This could happen to you. Be ready for it!
How to Become Earthquake Safe in Your Home - Free Training
Register on Zoom for this free training on Monday, 1/23/23, 7 – 8 PM.
The BIG ONE? Will your piano rock? Your refrigerator roll? Many items we consider stable become a threat with undulation and earth tremors. Your cozy winter, in-house attention can generate great results for early preparation. In this meeting, we'll help you think through what might happen during a large earthquake, and how you can prepare and practice ahead of time to protect yourself and your loved ones. You will learn--in a fun, interactive format--the steps for becoming earthquake safe within your home. Join our Zoom meeting on Monday, January 23 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome, and its free. Share and invite all your important people. Register in advance for this meeting: https://tinyurl.com/quakeprep012323
Questions? Visit us at www.cedarhillsready.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Every moment counts in a medical emergency. Make sure first responders have critical information about your kids, even if you aren't there. Take advantage of a free, confidential service, sponsored by OHSU.
HERO Kids Registry is a voluntary, no-cost system that lets any Oregon family share critical information about their child’s health before an emergency. The information can be quickly accessed by emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital emergency department (ED) providers, so they have the information they need when they need it.
By registering with HERO Kids, you give EMS and ED providers a head start on understanding your child's medical history, unique needs and individualized supports. For example, it helps emergency responders to know if a young patient is non-verbal.
HERO Kids is for any Oregon child or young adult (through age 26). It is especially useful for young people with complicated or chronic health conditions, and for those who experience developmental disabilities or mental health conditions. Learn more and register your kids at the OHSU Hero Kids Registry.
Did you watch the 2022 Earthshot awards on OPB? I was delighted and inspired by the winners. One that stood out for me was the award-winning Makuru Stoves, a stove which creates 70% less particulate matter than stoves currently in use in Nairobi. Wouldn't it be a cool stove to have that stove for disaster preparedness? The Earthshot Prize is awarded to five winners each year for their contributions to environmentalism. Check out the winners here.