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Disaster Preparedness

On this page you will find resources for how to stay safe and take care during severe weather and natural disaster.

Cold

If you have been watching the weather report, you are aware there is an ice storm headed our way.  Right now, it seems the winter mix of freezing rain or snow may start Thursday afternoon and continue into Saturday.  Although forecasts have become more and more accurate the timing is always a guess along with the impacts.  The last ice storm we had left many folks in the area without power for over 10 days.    

Please take this advance notice to ensure your family, friends, pets, homes and cars are prepared.  I have included some resources below but in general think about: 

  • Light: Battery powered over candles 
  • Heat: Blankets, indoor heaters, generators, fireplace 
  • Water: Hydration is VERY important when its cold. 
  • Food: Ensure propane tanks are full if you need to use outdoor cooking appliances 
  • Car: fill up your gas tank and have a car kit with needed emergency supplies  

Resources 

Heat

Smoke

Wildfire

Disaster Plans

Other Programs

Jackson County Community Long-Term Recovery Group

Catholic Charities of Oregon is the fiscal sponsor of the JCCLTRG. Help us serve the survivors of the 2020 Alameda and South Obenchain wildfires.

Lincoln County

Catholic Charities of Oregon is the fiscal sponsor of the Lincoln County LTRG. Help us serve the survivors of the 2020 Otis wildfire.
Articles

Catholic Sentinel: Couple issue challenge grant to help fire survivors

Posted By | Raeann Boero, Communications Coordinator
After reading an article about Oregon wildfire survivors, couple Rob and Sharla Walsh were inspired to lend their support and call others to do the same. To learn more about the story that sparked their generosity, visit: https://www.catholicsentinel.org/Content/Default/Homepage-Rotator/Article/Couple-issue-challenge-grant-to-help-fire-survivors-/-3/382/45760?s=1  

Catholic Sentinel: Geared to help in disasters

Posted By | Raeann Boero, Communications Coordinator
Since the devastating wildfires of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities of Oregon has greatly expanded our Disaster Services program. Disaster Services Director, Jen Masotja, and her team are filling a major gap in disaster relief services, in part, by connecting disaster victims to Catholic Charities of Oregon’s other social service programs. For instance,…

Disaster Services preparedness tip: School and workplace safety plans

Posted By | Jen Masotja, Director of Disaster Services
Disasters can happen at any time and anywhere. Making sure you have a plan in place for every location at which you and your family spend time is critical.

How to store food for an emergency

Posted By | Jen Masotja, Director of Disaster Services
In this month’s disaster preparedness tip, we explore easy ways to safely store food in case of an emergency.