Preparing for the worst: What to do when disaster strikes in Oregon

KMTR's Alan Matthews gives his firsthand experience on rebuilding and recovering after a natural disaster. He speaks with experts on what you can do to prepare Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. #LiveonKMTR

Watch #LiveonKMTR Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at 11 p.m. for Alan Matthew's full story.

EUGENE, Ore. - Reports of the Cascadia Subduction Zone serve as a reminder of the possibility of disaster. But threats to Oregonian's homes and well-being could also come in the form of fire, flood, or wind storm.

If a natural disaster strikes, what steps must be taken to restore a neighborhood? And is Oregon prepared to begin with?

"You should really plan for being on your own for up to two weeks. We used to say three days, now we're saying two weeks. And what does that mean to be on your own? It means being able to live without power from the utility company, being able to cope without water from your faucets, and being able to make sure that you've got plenty of food. And that you're prepared to either stay or to go," said Linda Cook, Lane County emergency manager.

KMTR's Alan Matthews was a victim of the Joplin, Missouri tornado that struck in 2011. He knows firsthand the difficulties of putting his life back together following a disaster.

Alan Matthews shares his experience and speaks with Lane County professionals about preparing for and recovering from the worst.

Watch #LiveonKMTR Monday at 6:30 p.m. at 11 p.m. for the full story.

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