Yamhill County Public Health works with individuals, families, and local organizations and agencies to prepare for natural and man-made emergencies. The following is more information on how to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for before, during, and after emergencies.
An important part of preparing for emergencies is knowing what types of hazards and threats are in your area. Some threats occur everywhere like home fires but some areas are more susceptible to floods, earthquakes, winter storms, or wildfires than others. Below are some links to help you better understand the threats in our area.
- Learn about potential hazards in the area
- Sign up for FlashAlert - The FlashAlert system distributes local emergency messages, such as breaking news or weather closure information, in the event of an emergency
- Sign up for Yamhill County Emergency Alerts!
The next step is to build a plan to keep yourself and your family safe during an emergency. It is important to plan ahead and to practice your plan so everyone remembers what to do during an actual emergency. Below are some resources to help you build a plan.
- Ready.gov helps you prepare, plan, and stay informed
- Fill out a Family Emergency Communication Plan Worksheet (PDF) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Business Emergency Planning is also available
In Yamhill County, we have several volunteer organizations that train and practice within their organizations and together to help out during local events and emergencies. The links below will take you to learn more information about these organizations.
- Yamhill County Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) is a community-based volunteer group that are called upon to assist and respond to public health disasters and emergencies
- Yamhill County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills
- American Red Cross serves the residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington through four chapters and hundreds of local, community-based volunteers
- State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR) is a database of licensed healthcare professionals who have registered to volunteer in response to Federal, State, and/or local emergencies
Learning new skills and knowledge about emergencies and how the response is organized is helpful during an emergency. Here are some links that will take you to online trainings offered through FEMA and will help build your knowledge and skills.