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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Tip of the Month

Summer has begun and while we may have some grey and cloudy days, Wildfire and Drought are already impacting the state of Washington.  The month of May tied for the 9th warmest for Washington dating back to 1895.  Statewide March thru May tied for the 13th driest period on record based on 90-day precipitation deficits of more than 8 inches, along with 28-day streamflows and soil moisture below the 10th percentile.  Severe drought was expanded across western Washington.  Record high temperatures during early June also played a role in the intensification of drought across western parts of Washington and Oregon.  Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming warmer and dryer months.

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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