|Compared to many locations, Harney County seems to be a relatively safe place to live. The Midwest is more prone to tornadoes, the coast could be nailed by a tsunami, and an earthquake is a considerably rare event (since 1931 there have only been three reported here and we have a 15% chance of having another in the next 50 years*). Thanks to last winter’s snow and the wet spring, drought conditions have been alleviated. Still, a wildfire can always happen. A tornado or earthquake can happen.
It’s good to have a plan. If a catastrophe occurs, would you and your family be ready?
The Oregon Department of Emergency Management (https://www.oregon.gov/oem/Pages/default.aspx) lists potential hazards in our area and encourages households to have a 2-week supply of food and water and an emergency plan in place. Include your pets and relatives with mobility issues in this plan.
Citizens of Harney County like to consider themselves as hardy and independent, ready to help their neighbors. Be prepared to prove it.
|*Source: Harney County, OR Earthquake Data & Risk | Homefacts|