Saturday, AUGUST 01, 2015 4:00PM - SUNDAY, AUGUST 02, 2015 1:00PM
Calling all campers and preparedness enthusiasts! The Red Cross Cascades Region invites all Oregonians and Southwest Washingtonians to join us on August 1 for the second annual Camp Prepare! This region-wide coordinated camping event invites people of all ages to experience life using only the contents of their preparedness kits. Whether people plan to pitch a tent in their backyard or a local state park, campers are tasked with spending one night living without the comforts of electricity, running water or technology (with the exception of Red Cross apps).
“There is a lot of overlap in what people have in a preparedness kit and what you would bring on a camping trip, “ says Melinda Davis, preparedness and partnerships manager. “Camp Prepare! is a great way to remind people to update their kits and find out if their current supplies are going to work in a real post-disaster situation.”
Common items used for camping such as water, canned food, flashlights, extra batteries and first aid supplies are just a few of the items that should be in a disaster preparedness kit. While the Red Cross recommends at least a three-day supply of food and water, larger disasters may require people to have enough supplies to live comfortably for several weeks as may be the case if and when the 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake hits.
Henry Soderberg, preparedness coordinator for the Southwest Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross, took part in the first Camp Prepare! and has plans to do it again this year.
“Having an opportunity to check out my kit in advance to get ready for the camp out was a great way to see what items I needed to add or update,” says Henry. “I camped with other Red Cross team members, and we shared food and other items. This really highlighted the importance of being part of a community that is prepared.”
To participate and become an official “camper,” visit www.redcross.org/campprepare. In addition to camping registration, the website also offers useful information about what belongs in a typical Preparedness Kit and what to do before, during and after common disasters.