Prepare to Protect the Ones You Love
National Preparedness Month is observed each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.
Emergencies are unpredictable and the what-ifs and unknowns can be scary if you’re unprepared. How well you and your family prepare for disaster before it happens impacts how quickly you recover.
Know Your Risk
In the Pacific Northwest, natural disasters like earthquakes and severe weather are the most likely threats. Winter brings snow, ice, and wind that can cause major damage to electrical distribution equipment while summer brings extreme heat and risk of wildfires; all of which may leave you without power for several days.
Make a Plan
Make an emergency communication plan and prepare for both evacuating and sheltering during a disaster or power outage. 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. You should also decide on a safe, familiar meeting place to go for protection or to reunite with family members. Visit ready.gov/plan for helpful resources to assist in creating your plan.
Gather supplies for your emergency kit including food, water, and other basic items that will last you and your family for several days. Consider the specific needs of your household like items for your pets, medical devices, and medications. Be sure to sign up for local emergency alerts and warning systems by visiting ready.gov/alerts.