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Preparedness Month is Coming: It's Time to Get Ready!

Preparedness Month is Coming: It's Time to Get Ready!
These events are an effective way to get started with emergency planning because attendees will receive a lot of helpful information and giveaways.

With the next big earthquake on the minds of those in the Pacific Northwest, the American Red Cross and NW Natural are teaming up for the fourth year in a row to host a series of Get Ready events throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The events will be held during National Preparedness Month in September to help communities prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies. This year, Get Ready will be held in the seven communities of Portland, Vancouver, Salem, The Dalles, Lincoln County, Coos Bay, and the North Coast.

“Being prepared for an emergency will help give you and your family peace of mind,” said Cara Sloman, regional disaster program officer for the American Red Cross Cascades Region. “These events are an effective way to get started with emergency planning because attendees will receive a lot of helpful information and giveaways.”

Get Ready is free to the general public, and there is no need to register. Free lunch will be provided at most locations, as well as safety demonstrations, materials from local emergency groups, and kids’ activities. The first 100 families at each event will receive a free emergency tube. Attendees will also have the chance to enter a drawing to win an American Red Cross emergency kit.

“Each year, we’re proud to partner with the Red Cross on these important community events,” said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. “We want to make sure our customers are prepared for any disaster that might occur.”

Local fire departments, police departments, and other emergency teams will join the American Red Cross Cascades Region and NW Natural at the following dates, times and locations:

Saturday, September 12, 2015:

  • Get Ready Salem – 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the State Capitol State Park Grounds in Salem.
  • Get Ready Lincoln County – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Newport.
  • Get Ready Vancouver – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CRESA Building, 710 W. 13th Street in Vancouver.
  • Get Ready Happy Valley – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City of Happy Valley’s city hall outdoor area.
  • Get Ready Coos Bay – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coos Bay Fire Department, 450 Elrod Ave.
  • Saturday, September 19, 2015:

  • Get Ready The Dalles – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, 1400 W. 8th Street in The Dalles.
  • Get Ready North Coast – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lum’s Auto Center, 1605 SE Ensign Lane in Warrenton.
  • About the American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

    About NW Natural

    NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 707,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at