Many of us went without power for several days during the recent storms and had to make do with other inconveniences. This can serve as a wake-up call for us to prepare not just for the next storm that might hit, but for earthquakes and other disasters. Here are some resources to get you started.
Tools to help
- Ready.gov: This website operated by the Department of Homeland Security has a library of documents and information to help you prepare for all kinds of emergencies.
- Do 1 Thing: If the whole idea of emergency preparedness seems overwhelming, check out do1thing. This program breaks preparedness down to small steps you can take each month to prepare yourself and your family for disasters. By doing 1 thing each month you’ll be well on your way to preparedness at the end of one year.
- Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management: A guide to county resources, plans and event-specific information for our county.
Documents to get started:
- Preparing Makes Sense: This 16-page booklet from the Department of Homeland Security provides an overview of steps you can take to prepare as well as tools to help including a checklist of supplies for creating a basic emergency kit and a template for creating family communications plan.
- Get Ready: Two-page overview from FEMA of the steps you can take to prepare
- Emergency Supply List from FEMA
- Family Communications Plan from FEMA
Planning for special considerations: