Individuals and Families
You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.
Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you need.
Prepare Your Family
When a disaster happens, will you know how to reconnect with your family? Planning ahead can reduce yoru anxiety following a disaster. One of the the most important concepts in
develop a famly emergency preparedness plan is communication. Every member of the family needs to be involved so that when disaster strikes, everyone will know what to do.
How well you manage the aftermath of disaster depends a great deal on your level of preparedness when disaster strikes.
To ensure your family is better prepared for the next disaster complete the easy-to-do activities in our Prepare in a Year Booklet.
Prepare in a Year Booklets
Prepare Your Home
Even a minor earthquake can cause pictures to fall from the walls or unsecure cabinets to tip over. This puts you and loved ones at risk.
To prepare your home to better withstand damage take some time to complete the activities in our Getting Ready Home Booklet.
Alternate Language Disaster Information Sites
Assemble Disaster Supplies Kits
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items that members of a household may need in the event of a disaster. At a minimum, it’s suggested your kit include water, food, a radio, flashlight and a first aid kit. For a more complete list, visit our suggestions to prepare your Home Kit. It’s also recommended that individuals assemble a Vehicle Kit to keep in your car.
Disaster Preparedness Videos
Take a few minutes to watch these “how to” and “personal safety” preparedness and flood videos.
Disaster Partners Websites
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Weather Service
- United States Geological Survey – All Hazards
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- American Red Cross
- University of Washington Seismic Center
- Washington State Department of Ecology
- Washington State Department of Health
- Washington State Department of Natural Resources
- Washington State Department of Transportation
- Western States Seismic Policy Council
- The Great ShakeOut - Earthquake Awareness
- Take Winter By Storm
- Just in Time (videos)