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Executive Director's Report
January 28, 2013

Getting Started

Satellite image of Sandy, October 29, 2012

Mark Twain had it right: “Plan for the future because that’s where you’re going to spend the rest of your life.”  At least, we hope so.

Like most of us, I have found it difficult to think about disaster preparedness, much less take concrete steps.

So this brief editorial has one single message.  Do something.  Just one thing.  The next step will be easier, and the next easier still, and so on. 

Well, what to do exactly?  You get to choose.  Here are some suggestions, with probable time expenditures – altogether about 10 minutes.  Pick just one – or more if you wish:

1.  Read the 35 observations by Frantz Ostmann, “Living through Sandy: Tips from a Survivor” in Eric Holdeman’s excellent Disaster Zone blog.  (3 minutes)

2.  Think hard about observation #3, and whether your family could be affected by anything, from a long power outage to a flood to an earthquake.  (2 minutes)

3.  Talk with a family member about a family communications plan – but first read this.  (1 minute) 

4.  If you live in the Northwest – or even if you don’t - check out my new Facebook page, Oregon Quake Ready. (1 minute)

5.  Read James Roddey’s “Four simple things you can do this week to prepare” and then do one of them.  (1 minute)

6.  Program your phone – thanks again to James Roddey, the most entertaining Prophet of Doom I’ve ever met - see  (1 minute)

Let me know how it goes – or send me an email if you have questions, or a comment at Oregon Quake Ready on Facebook.


Gregg Swanson
Executive Director

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