Disaster Ready Washington

Being prepared for disasters is everyone’s job, including YOU. Be creative as you prepare your family to be 2 Weeks Ready. Together, we can build a disaster resilient Washington


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One step a month for the next year

We want you to be prepared. We all remember when toilet paper and hand sanitizer was a rare find. Yet both of these items have been standard on our recommended emergency kit list for years. That’s why we are launching a refresh of our Prepare in a Year guide in multiple languages, geared to help you take one step a month for the next 12 months to get you prepared. We know things are tough and money is tight. So, it makes sense that the first step in our plan is FREE. Get together and start talking to your family. Create an actual communications plan on what would happen if you were separated. During this pandemic, we have been six feet apart, but still together. During an earthquake, your entire family might be separated by school, work or on the road. By crafting solutions now, you can ensure calm and understanding later. Everyone will know what to do. Download the English version here.

Preparedness Webinars

Prepare in a Year Webinar

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., June 30. Click here for the webinar. The webinar is free and no registration is required. 

We'll take you through our Prepare in a Year Guide and explain how you can take small steps to get you prepared throughout the year. Can't make it? Download the guide here and watch some of our videos on YouTube. 

Preparedness Webinars for Older Adults
Two-part series:
June 22 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST
The first webinar’s topic is about how older adults can be prepared for disasters at home. The second webinar will focus on sustaining and strengthening personal support networks. Find a new video about the importance of personal support networks here.
Both webinars are free and no registration is needed.
Simply click the date below at the time of the event:

Find more information in this flyer (PDF) 

Have questions? Need help? Email public.education@mil.wa.gov

Past Webinars:

Basic Preparedness Advice. Presentation

What to expect when you’re expecting a volcanic eruption. Presentation

Learn about the ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning system. On YouTube here. The webinar is also available on TVW.

What to expect when you're expecting a tsunami. Presentation and slides.

What to expect when you're expecting an earthquake. Presentation and slides.


Three Steps to Preparedness

Learn your Hazards
Have a Plan
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Build Kits

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Learning about the hazards near where you work, play, and live will help you and your family be prepared for disasters that could happen, like earthquakes, floods, and pandemics.

Having a family disaster plan gives you peace of mind when a disaster happens. Decide as a family where your meeting locations are and who your out-of-area contact is.

You and your family may be on your own for at least two weeks when a disaster happens. Build a 2 Weeks Ready kit at home and smaller kits for work, school, and vehicles.


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