Don’t let the message fall on deaf ears


The “Tip of the Week” feature from Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers, which generally runs in each Wednesday edition of the News-Times, contains information on a wide variety of topics, often giving readers practical advice on things they can do to avoid, or minimize the effects of bad things happening.

This week’s message was on earthquake and tsunami preparedness. Unless you’ve totally cut yourself off from the rest of civilization, you’ve no doubt heard this message on more than one occasion. But no matter how often the message is put out there, there are still some who need to not only hear it, but also take action.

This week, the sheriff said some people think it’s not worth preparing for an earthquake or tsunami because it will not really make any difference as to whether or not they survive the disaster, that it’s all up to chance. The sheriff says that’s not true, and we wholeheartedly agree. One of the main reasons for preparing is so that we can survive in the aftermath. It could be a long time before any help comes our way, and getting ready ahead of time to make it through those days or weeks on our own could literally be the difference between life and death.

We, too, have proclaimed the “readiness message” on a number of occasions in the past, and there is always the possibility that people will start to tune it out, but we hope that’s not the case. We believe awareness about the issue has indeed been raised, and now it’s time to act on that awareness and carry through with the preparation.

Not sure what to do? Probably the best local resource is Lincoln County Emergency Management. That department’s website — www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement — has links to a wealth of information, and not just for earthquake and tsunami readiness. We urge you to check it out.

And there’s an even easier way to educate yourselves. Lincoln County Emergency Management provides ongoing presentations to help people learn how best to prepare for emergencies. Also, there will be another Readiness Fair next month, where people can hear from the experts about what they should do. It is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Lincoln County Commons in Newport. The News-Times will be providing updated information on that event as it draws nearer.

Once again, we urge you to take the message to heart and make the needed preparations for yourself and your loved ones in order to survive a disaster. We just don’t know how much time we have to do that — don’t put it off until it’s too late.

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