RRCO Emergency Preparedness Team

Neighbors helping neighbors to grow an informed, prepared, and resilient community.

You are the Help…Until Help Arrives!!

During an emergency or natural disaster, first responders may not be able to assist our neighborhood right away. You and your neighbors may become your own first responders. 

Do you have the supplies and skills to evacuate or shelter in your home?

Who is the RRCO Emergency Preparedness Team?

We are neighbors of all skill levels who are preparing ourselves, families, homes, and community for unexpected events.

We gather via zoom to share information, organize resources, and plan events. The meetings are open to everyone, regardless of where you live or what preparedness knowledge you have!

Some neighbors have a lot of time and energy to give to growing this effort; and others participate to the degree they can by preparing themselves and connecting with their immediate family or neighbors. It all helps!

What are the Team’s goals?

The overarching goal of the RRCO Emergency Preparedness Team is to individually and collectively enhance our community’s ability to be prepared for, withstand, and recover from emergencies that may occur.

We plan to do this by:

  • Increasing personal preparedness by sharing education and trainings with each other.
  • Identifying and documenting hazards, threats, and risks for the River Road Neighborhood.
  • Discussing and implementing prevention, mitigation, and recovery strategies.
  • Developing a neighborhood organizational structure and communications network.
  • Planning and practicing with ongoing readiness exercises.

Personal Preparedness

Every neighbor should proactively prepare to be self-sufficient for at least two weeks during a disaster.

First responders may not be able to reach everyone impacted within hours or even days after a disaster. Being 2 Weeks Ready means having a plan and enough supplies for you and your household to survive on your own for a full two weeks should a disaster occur.

Be informed about disaster risks.
In Oregon, winter storms, floods, heat waves, and earthquakes threaten residents. Monitor all types of media for updates from local authorities.

Build an Emergency Kit.
A disaster can happen anywhere you live and work. Create repeated instances of emergency supplies by having a bag for your car, supplies at work, and an even larger stock of supplies at home. https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/survival-kit-supplies.html

Make an Emergency Plan.
Talk with your family and friends about what you’ll do if an emergency happens, including if you’re not together when it occurs. Discuss how you’ll contact each other, where you’ll meet, and what you’ll do in different situations.

Be 2 Weeks Ready!
You’re more prepared than you think. Being prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks is an important and achievable goal. Being prepared is not just having two weeks of food and water, but thinking about the many things you already do to make you better able to bounce back after a disaster.

You can get there over time; you don’t have to get there today. Start small and work toward the two-week goal. Pick up a couple items every payday and check out garage sales and thrift stores for tools and gear. Check the garage, shed, storage unit and junk drawer for emergency kit items before adding to your shopping list. You probably have many of the things already, such as flash lights and leather gloves.

Learn more at https://www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep/Pages/2-Weeks-Ready.aspx

Map Your Neighborhood Program

In a disaster your most immediate source of outside help are the neighbors living around you.

The Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program focuses on one street at a time; about 15-20 homes, or a defined area, that you can canvas in 1 hour.

This program is neighbor led and depends on having proactive conversations with those around you about Emergency Plans.

* Please consider the local COVID-19 recommendations and guidance when having in person conversations.

Steps to Get Started

  • Start talking to your neighbors about their Emergency Preparedness Plans
  • Create a contact list indicating number of people in household, who may have special needs (elderly, persons with disabilities, children that might be home, animals)
  • Identify skills, equipment, abilities of each neighbor that could be useful for an effective disaster response
  • Identify risks within your neighborhood (overhead wires, gas mains, trees, nearby chemicals, etc.)
  • Create a neighborhood map showing house numbers, gas and water turn off
  • Organize a team to carry out your plan following the disaster
  • Choose locations for a safe Gathering Site and Neighborhood Care Center
  • Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions

9 Steps to take immediately following a disaster to secure your home and neighborhood:

  1. Take care of yourself, your family, and those in your immediate household first
  2. Protect our head, feet and hands with protective clothing (kept under your bed with HELP/OK sign)
  3. Check for injuries and natural gas leaks at your home
  4. Shut off water at the house main to preserve clean water and avoid outside contamination
  5. Place HELP/OK sign on front door or window for emergency teams
  6. Put one of your fire extinguishers on front curb to put out small fires
  7. Go to the Neighborhood Gathering Site
  8. Form teams to 1) listen to radio for alerts; 2) check on elderly, disabled, children, animals; 3) check gas and water leaks; 4) check homes with HELP signs or with no sign
  9. Return to Neighborhood Gathering Site to share response, communicate needs to the city, plan next steps

River Road Radio Group

The RRCO Emergency Preparedness Team wants to grow our local communication network and we need neighbors to join us!

In the event of a major disaster, Family Radio Service (FRS) radios and other communication methods may be our only option to get in touch with one another. We would like to start discussing how these communications will work at a neighborhood level and determine who will be able to communicate with each other.

No prior radio experience is needed, just an interest in learning more is all you need. Contact emergencyprep@riverroadco.org to let us know your interest.

Mental Wellness for Emergency Preparedness

Preparing for emergencies, talking about disasters, thinking about your to-do list, and responding to calls for help can all take a toll on our mental health.

When stress builds up it can cause:

Burnout – feelings of extreme exhaustion and being overwhelmed.

Secondary traumatic stress – stress reactions and symptoms resulting from exposure to another individual’s traumatic experiences, rather than from exposure directly to a traumatic event.

Know that you are not alone in these feelings and your community is here to help.

Here are some options to try when these preparedness topics feel overwhelming:

  • Spending time outdoors focusing on the plants and animals that you can see.
  • Write down a few notes about what you have accomplished in the last day, week, month, or year.
  • Call a friend to ask about their latest activities.
  • Go for a walk and count how many right hand turns you make.
  • Choose a new recipe or order a new dish that includes vegetables.
  • Asking a family member if they need help with a project.

For more information about stress and self-care in the emergency preparedness universe, visit https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/responders.asp.

Contact us to learn more

RRCO Contacts: Jacque Wurster & Charlsey Cartwright
Email: emergencyprep@riverroadco.org

Monthly Meetings:
1st Tuesday @ 6:30 -7:30 pm via Zoom
Visit the RRCO Events Calendar for the login details.
The meetings are open to everyone, regardless of where you live or what preparedness knowledge you have.

Our past meetings and presentations have been recorded and can be replayed on our Youtube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChyvm3RpwB4uRgsc4u2b6jQ

The River Road Emergency Preparedness Team partners with our neighbors in the Bethel and Santa Clara neighborhoods to collaborate in these preparedness efforts. We welcome all neighbors to join us in these conversations.


City of Eugene – Evacuation Zones
The River Road Neighborhood falls within Zones 14 and 22.

Lane County, Oregon – Evacuation Levels and Evacuation Checklist
Level 1 = Get Ready!
Level 2 = Get Set!
Level 3 = Go! Now!

AlertSense Signup
Sign up to receive public safety alerts and severe weather warnings.

Current Drought Conditions

Current Air Quality and Warnings

Current Fire, Weather, and Avalanche Warnings

How to Build an Emergency Kit – ready.gov

Red Cross – How to Prepare for Emergencies

Sanitation and Waste Management During Emergencies – Oregon State Extension

EWEB Pledge to Prepare and 12 month Calendar and Shopping List to Build an Emergency Kit

3 Month Calendar and Shopping List to Build a 2 Week Emergency Kit

City of Eugene Office of Emergency Management

Lane County Office of Emergency Management

State of Oregon Office of Emergency Management

Eugene EmComm – Radio Volunteers in Support of Community Safety

Central Lane 9-1-1

CAHOOTS – White Bird Clinic