People weren’t prepared for boil water emergency

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — On Saturday, the Portland Water Bureau lifted the boil water order that affected 670,000 people in the metro area.

Two things became clear through this: not everyone was prepared and people still need to register their emergency contact information onto

Many people rushed to the stores right after they heard the news about the boil water order on Friday morning.

Emergency planners in Portland said that should serve as an important reminder on why people need to have an emergency kit ready ahead of time.

A first aid kit, May 26, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A first aid kit, May 26, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Many of the big grocers were getting bottled water re-stocks by Friday afternoon. But if the roads had been shut or stores closed due to a major earthquake, that could not have happened.

Felicia Heaton with the City of Portland said a basic emergency kit should include:

  • 1-3 gallons of water per person, per day, for drinking, cooking and hygiene
  • Ready to eat, non-perishable food that is high in protein and calories, such as peanut butter, energy bars, canned fruits and vegetables
  • A first aid kit
  • Portable radio that can be charged manually, or solar-powered flashlights and batteries.
  • Clothes and blankets

“If you make a plan to maybe take that list and put it in your shopping list and maybe everytime you go to the grocery store just pick up one or two items – maybe an extra can of food or an extra container of water, I think you’ll start to see it’s an attainable list,” she told KOIN 6 News. “You’ll start to feel good about just having that sense of calm, of being prepared.”

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