City of Beaverton

Posted on: September 6, 2017

September is Preparedness Month

Get Beaverton Ready, take the #14Gallons challenge and learn more at an upcoming neighborhood summit.
 
BEAVERTON, Ore. – September is National Preparedness Month and the City of Beaverton would like families, households and businesses to make the pledge to engage in preparedness activities so that we’re all ready to respond during and after an emergency.  
 
Mayor Denny Doyle officially proclaimed September 2017 as Preparedness Month at the  Sept. 5 Beaverton City Council meeting.  
 
“We never know when disaster will strike,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “But, we can take steps now to help us be ready for emergency situations.”  
 
All month long, the city will provide preparedness tips provided by the Department of Homeland Security’s 2017 preparedness campaign. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Directions for how to make an emergency plan for you and your family, how neighbors can work together during disaster, and other readiness information will be shared. Additional tips and resources are available at www.ready.gov/september, as well as the city’s website at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/emergency.  
 
In addition, residents are encouraged to take the #14Gallons challenge and include enough water in your home’s emergency supply kit to sustain your entire household for two weeks— the amount of time it will probably take for emergency supplies to reach the greater Portland metro area after a major disaster. This is particularly important because people can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. The challenge asks community members to obtain 14 gallons of water for each person and pet in your home, take a creative photo with your supply, and share your photo online with #14Gallons and #BeavertonReady.  
 
Preparedness Month will culminate with a Beaverton Neighborhood Summit, hosted by Beaverton Committee for Community Involvement, on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 am to  1 pm at The Beaverton Building located at 12725 SW Millikan Way. The event is free and available to all community members interested in learning more about emergency preparedness. For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/emergencyprepsummit.
 
The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon’s sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active and responsive city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine’s 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is “The Best of Oregon.”

For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton

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