Emergency Preparedness

September 01, 2022
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Prepare for the Unexpected

Emergencies are unpredictable and disasters can strike at any moment. The what-ifs and unknowns can be scary. Planning ahead of time can reduce that fear, especially for the vulnerable members of your household.

Know Your Risk

In the Pacific Northwest, winter brings snow, ice, and wind, while summer brings extreme heat and the risk of wildfires. These could leave you without power and other essential services for several days or more.

Make a Plan

Make an emergency communication plan and prepare for evacuating and sheltering during a disaster or outage event. The plan should contain emergency contact information, including someone out of state who can act as a central point of contact if your family is separated. Decide on a safe, familiar meeting place to go for protection or to reunite with family members. 

Take Action

Prepare an emergency kit equipped with emergency supplies for at least 72 hours. It’s essential to include the basics like food, water, medications, a communication source, and supplies for young children or pets. Visit ready.gov/plan for information to help you plan ahead, build a kit, and sign up for local emergency alerts and warning systems.