EUGENE, Ore. -- When disaster strikes, your biggest resource is yourself, your family and neighbors, an ofﬁcial with Eugene Emergency Management said.
KEZI News 9 News spoke with Patence Winningham, who said the number of people in Eugene and Springﬁeld far exceeds the number of ﬁrst responders.
An earthquake emergency document provided by Eugene Risk Services states that distribution centers and shelters are set in place after a quake. Winningham said they do have distribution sites already designated. She said these were set in place a few years ago.
They’re located in heavily-populated areas that are easy to get to. However, she said they do not release this information to the public because if they were to have to move the location, they don’t want to cause confusion in the community.
Winningham said at the end of the day, your family and your neighbors will be the people to rely on. She used one neighborhood in Eugene to explain just how important it is to look out for yourself and others.
"Southeast Neighbors is an example I use all the time,” Winningham said. “There's 15,000 people in that neighborhood with one ﬁre station with four or five ﬁrst responders at any given time. Add an earthquake scenario to that and ask yourself who is coming to save me.”
In many disaster situations, it could be two weeks before there’s any resources available, ofﬁcials said. They recommend planning for that. Many neighborhood associations are currently writing their own disaster plans speciﬁc to their neighborhoods, Winningham said.