EUGENE, Ore. — When disasters hit other parts of the country, like the floods in Colorado right now, many people realize they might not be very prepared if something of that magnitude ever hit their community.
Eugene’s Emergency Management Office says when there’s a major catastrophe, first responders aren’t always able to help everyone. That’s why the city offers free classes a few times a year to get community members ready to step up and help others.
Program organizers say there are many different disasters that could strike this area, like winter storm warnings and wildfires, so people need to be ready.
The emergency classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. for a four-week period. The first class is Wednesday, Sept. 25. The city says people who are interested in signing up need to do so in advance. Everyone who signs up for the class will get to take home a backpack full of emergency supplies.
The class will wrap up with an exercise where volunteers will get some practice in a mock disaster.