Emergency Preparedness Fair gets citizens ready for the worst

Along with having an emergency pack with water, food and a first aid kit, the Red Cross recommends you also have a plan in place in case of an emergency and practice it as much as possible.

Posted: Sep 19, 2018 6:37 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2018 7:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- You don’t need to break the bank in order to prepare for a disaster. At the city of Eugene’s Emergency Preparedness Fair, residents heard from disaster experts about what they need to stay safe.

The Red Cross said water should be the first item on everyone's list. One gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation.

Local resident Chris Younce said he's been stocking up on supplies of food, water and other items for years, buying a little bit every time he goes shopping. He thinks he's spent $700 but said spreading out the costs have made it easier for him.

“I don't want to be one of those people waving at the helicopters,” Yonce said. “I just -- to be able to have some food and water and be ready.”

For people with special dietary needs, one Roseburg company is making preparing for an emergency easier. NorthWest Fork sells vegan and kosher emergency foods, including soups stews and oatmeal. Zak Otjen of NorthWest Fork said it's hard to put a price on preparedness.

“I think it depends on the person,” Otjen said. “I know some people back in Roseburg who have spent their life savings on preparing. But then again, some people are comfortable having a food and water supply.”

Along with having an emergency pack with water, food and a first-aid kit, the Red Cross recommends you also have a plan in place in case of an emergency and practice it as much as possible.

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