Announcing Planning for Resilience & Emergency Preparedness

Publish Date: 
Friday, 19 October 2012
PREP is a new website at that offers you practical information on being ready for any emergency, from storms and power outages to earthquakes.
PREP encourages preparedness for families, households and immediate neighborhoods, since emergency services may be overwhelmed and unable to respond promptly after a major disaster. Experience shows that "while official help is is the personal ties among members of a community that determine survival during a disaster, and recovery in its aftermath.”
At the heart of PREP are four steps to readiness:
  1. Get Prepared: What to know, what to have on hand
  2. Get Prepared with Your Neighbors: How to help your neighbors get ready
  3. Get Organized: Make a plan with your neighbors for helping each other after a disaster
  4. Get Confident: Learn new skills by practicing together
PREP emphasizes readiness for earthquakes and tsunamis, because if you’re ready for an earthquake you’re pretty much ready for anything. The next megaquake from the Cascadia Subduction Zone could happen anytime and will likely leave the Portland area without utilities, food and fuel deliveries, and other services for a week to a month or longer. Travel and communication may be difficult or impossible for a time.
Here’s the good news:
  • Earthquakes are the most survivable of major disasters, especially when you know how to stay safe in one.
  • Experience shows that disasters tend to bring out the best in people.
  • By working together to gather resources and share skills, we’re making our communities stronger and more resilient. And that’s a good thing, disaster or not.
The PREP website contains printable checklists plus links to more information. If you can’t print copies for your use or to share with neighbors, Portland residents can pick up preparedness handouts and a host kit at the nearest neighborhood district coalition office. Or if you live in Multnomah County but outside of Portland, call 503/988-4233.
The website also includes a calendar of events and information on setting your household up for longer-term resilience.

PREP has been developed by a group of volunteer first responders and members of community groups, in particular Transition PDX. Other collaborating partners include
  • Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
  • Portland Fire and Rescue
  • Multnomah County Emergency Management
  • Portland's neighborhood district offices
For more information, visit or email Please email any suggestions about the website content to