We run earthquake drills and have slogans like “Drop. Cover. Hold on.” because we know at any moment the ground can shake. Similarly, during the winter, extreme weather can roll in at any time and it’s especially dangerous for older people or people with disabilities. Older or disabled people may have a harder time getting around in the snow, sleet and ice. That means they might not have the food, medicine, or light they need to be safe. But we can take action by remembering: prepare, be aware, take care.

Winter Safety Pledge

Join fellow Multnomah County Residents and take a pledge to help keep older people and people with disabilities safe this winter.

Take the Winter Safety Pledge! 

Winter safety tips


The most important thing to remember is to have a three-day supply of:

  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Heat and light

You might also want to prepare by having the following items available:

  • Rock salt or sand
  • Snow shovels
  • Dry, seasoned wood for a fireplace or stove
  • Adequate clothing and blankets
  • A communications plan with family or a caregiver
  • NOAA Weather Radio

Share on Facebook | Share on Twitter


Be aware

Be aware of the signs that a neighbor or family member might need assistance, such as:

  • Pets left out all night to bark
  • No lights on at night, which could mean a loss of power
  • Mail overflowing out of the mailbox
  • Not picking up the phone

Share on Facebook | Share on Twitter


Take care

Safety means we all need to take care of one another and do our best to take care of ourselves.

For your own safety:

  • Minimize travel
  • Replace cane tips
  • Wear shoes with good traction and take shoes off as soon as you get inside.

For others' safety:

  • Offer to get someone’s groceries
  • Shovel someone’s walkway
  • Offer to walk a pet

In a non-emergency, situation call the Aging, Disability Resource Connection at 503.988.3646 or email adrc@multco.us. We’re available 24/7 and can provide connections to transportation, case management, and other necessary services.

Share on Facebook | Share on Twitter


Download and share the Safety Tips Flyer/Infographic

Safety Tips for Older or Disabled People (93.68 KB)

Share on Facebook | Share on Twitter