Preparing Together Discussion Guide and Toolkit 


You may have heard people say that “every disaster is local” or that you and your community may be on your own    for several days after a major disaster. It is likely that you, your families, neighbors, and community will have to depend on each other immediately after a disaster.

The goal of Preparing Together is to provide you and your group with easy-to-understand information and resources for preparing together for a disaster or emergency.

Making a plan and putting together an emergency kit can be done in steps. It does not have to be done all in one day or be perfect. The important thing is to talk to one another and prepare together.




Preparing Together can be presented in one of three ways:

  1. As a narrated presentation (available on YouTube and in selected libraries). A facilitator is not required, but can be used.
  2. As an un-narrated presentation for which a facilitator is necessary. All instructions are provided.
  3. Using a printed copy of the presentation slides if you don’t have access to a computer.


The entire Preparing Together presentation and toolkit is also available for check-out at libraries in Washington County and will be at other libraries around the state soon.

The Preparing Together discussion is broken down into three sections:

Section 1 - Introduction to Local Hazards:  Highlights some of the hazards and events that we might face in this part of the Northwest and how we can protect ourselves from them.

Section 2 – Preparing Together: Discusses how to make an emergency response plan, gives ideas on how to stay informed, and provides steps for putting together a kit.

Section 3 – Everyday Preparedness: Covers ways we can get ready for unexpected emergencies that might happen more frequently and how to stay ready to deal with them better.

Additional  Preparing Together Materials in PDF:

Evaluation Forms - Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback, and let us know what has been helpful, and what we can change!

  • For Facilitators - A fillable PDF for facilitators you can download, complete and email to us at the email address below.
  • For Participants - a fillable PDF for participants you can download, complete and email to us at the email address below.

Important Links  - Sign up here to be notified about real-time emergency information in the Portland metro area.

OCEM, the Washington County Office of Consolidated Emergency Management, has a variety of flyers on 5 minute projects to become better prepared for emergencies.

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Website has a variety of useful information and tools.

The Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross has a variety of good information, trainings, tools, and preparedness products.








Contact Us:

If you have questions or feedback about this toolkit please don't hesitate to contact us at any of the following Portland Metro counties:

Clackamas Columbia


Kathy Thompson Anne Parrott Cynthia Valdivia