EMERGENCIES CAN HAPPEN ANY TIME - HOW READY ARE YOU?
Planning ahead means a greater chance of keeping your loved ones safe and sound - and greater peace of mind.
Tackling one step at a time, as time and budget allow, can make the process seem less overwhelming.
The key is to just start! There are many resources available to help you get going - we've provided a few on this page.
1. Create a family emergency communication and action plan and practice it together
- Steps to creating a family emergency plan (via Ready.gov).
- Communication plan templates for adults and for kids
2. Build a kit - at least 3 days of supplies (10 days is even better)
- Basic Kit Supplies checklist (via MakeItThrough.org)
- Office and Personal Kit Supplies checklist
- Emergency Water Supply - steps to build and store safely
3. Stay informed
- SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS
- ALERT King County is a regional public information and notification service through King County Emergency Management. Keep informed about potential hazards and threats that impact your area.
- Subscribe to emergency alerts from your local city - usually linked on emergency management web pages (see city logos below).
- Update emergency contact info so we can reach you quickly in a local situation - CLICK HERE for NUD e-form.
4. Get involved
- Take a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class in your area. CERT graduates are equipped to be a vital resource to the community after large-scale emergencies.
- Ready to plan as a neighborhood? Get the Community Preparedness Toolkit (via Ready.gov)
- Find your local preparedness groups
- Click on the city logos below for more info on your local emergency contacts and how to get involved on a neighborhood level:
PREPARE YOUR EMERGENCY WATER SUPPLY
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO TURN OFF YOUR WATER METER IN AN EMERGENCY?
MORE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS LINKS
- Prepare in a Year - booklet published by FEMA, breaks steps down to one hour every month to get emergency ready.
- Takewinterbystorm.org - Keep ahead of NW winter weather challenges with these resources.
- Ready.gov - National program including many resources for preparing as a family and community, and tools to face specific kinds of disasters.
- What to Do to Make It Through - Regional emergency management resource. Easy-to-use checklists for home preparedness.