By NR Staff • 

Red Cross urges preparedness

According to a survey conducted by the Oregon Red Cross in July 2012, more than two-thirds of Oregon and southwest Washington residents believe it is important to be prepared for an emergency or natural disaster. But while many people have taken steps, including having established a preparedness kit at home, place an emergency kit in their vehicle and develop a household evacuation plan, there are still significant gaps in the number who have made plans and the number who have not, said CEO Maree Wacker.

Over 65 percent of those surveyed have not received first aid or CPR training, and have not participated in any disaster preparedness activities. Yet, nearly 80 percent of respondents have experienced an emergency or disaster situation one to five times.

“Making a plan, building a kit and getting informed are the key elements in emergency preparedness,” Wacker said. “These are simple steps to safety and to building a resilient community.”

The Red Cross is offering free disaster preparedness classes in Portland, Salem and Eugene this month. They are set for 6-7 p.m. March 26 in Portland and Salem and March 28 in Eugene. To register for the Portland class, call 503-528-5783 or e-mail; for the Salem or Eugene classes, 503-585-5414 or

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