(photos by Jared Anderson and Mark Brennan/Siuslaw News)
The second annual Be Ready Disaster Preparedness Expo on Sept. 23 encouraged more than 400 members of the community to prepare a plan, make a survival kit and learn important skills to Be ready — Storm Ready.
Keynote speaker “Disaster Prep Dave” Robinson spoke on storm preparedness and being ready for the “Big One” — a subduction zone earthquake and tsunami expected to strike the Cascadia region sometime in the next 50 years.
Experts predict that coast residents need to have a two-week supply of food, water and other essentials on hand at all times to be ready for winter storms, flooding, earthquakes and any situation that could isolate Western Lane County from access to resources.
Speakers from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Florence Police Department, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, CERT, Boy Scouts of America and more instructed people on survival tips, having an emergency plan, food processing and even ways to train a dog to help in dangerous situations.
Florence Kiwanis Club grilled up a free hot dog lunch for attendees.
In a workshop, PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center volunteers taught two classes how to suture wounds. Siuslaw News and Western Lane Emergency Operations Group (WLEOG) sponsored the expo at Florence Events Center.