Are you prepared for a disaster? There's a class for that

Are you prepared for a disaster? There's a class for that
Tsunami evacuation map for Coos Bay. Click here for a larger version of this map

COOS BAY, Ore. - What do you think will happen if we have a major disaster here in Coos Bay? 

Do you think that emergency responders will be able to respond to you if you need help?

The City of Coos Bay and the Fire Department is offering a class on disaster preparedness.
Studies have shown that about 1/3 of the population is not prepared because they are relying on emergency responders, and 2/3 of the population believe that emergency response will be the same in the first hours and days of a disaster. 

The truth is that in any major disaster the response of emergency responders for day to day emergencies will be greatly diminished.

The local resources will be very busy and will have to prioritize responses.

In a major disaster, the community’s ability to respond and recover is directly related to the preparedness of individuals, households, and neighborhoods.

Even though a disaster can come in many forms, from a tsunami, to a wildfire, to a prolonged power outage, the preparations that you should make are very similar. 

The class is designed to give you the basic understanding of what a disaster is and how to prepare for it.

This class is being offered to anyone living in the Bay Area at least 18 years old. 

The class will be held on August 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Coos Bay Fire Station No. 1, located at 450 Elrod Avenue.

If you would like to reserve a seat or if you have questions, please call the Coos Bay Fire Department at (541) 269-1191.