Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or keep you in your home. What would you do if basic services, such as water, gas, electricity, or telephones were cut off? You and your family should be prepared to take care of yourselves for 3 days or more following a major disaster. The Puget Sound area is susceptible to wind and winter storms, chemical spills, floods, fires, earthquakes, mud slides, train derailment, tsunamis and terrorism.

Preparing for an emergency doesn't have to be overwhelming. Be informed, make a plan, build a kit and get involved. Here is a list of resources that can help make getting prepared a little easier.

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September is National Preparedness month.  It is the month when we focus on family and community emergency planning and preparedness.  Each week in September, we will take a look at steps that can be taken to better prepare yourself, your family, and your community for a disaster.

  • Week 1 will cover how to prepare for the financial costs of a disaster.
  • Week 2 will cover how to make good individual, family and business plans for disasters.
  • Week 3 will cover youth preparedness.
  • Week 4 will cover how to get involved in your community's preparedness activities.

In September, we can work together to become a better prepared, able to respond, and more resilient community.

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Individual and family preparedness resources

Your family may not all be together when a disaster strikes.  It is important to think about how you will communicate in the events of a catastrophic emergency.

Business and community resources