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!

One step a month for the next year

We want you to be prepared. There are still people struggling today to find hand sanitizer and we all remember when toilet paper 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

“What to expect when you’re expecting… a volcanic eruption!”

A public webinar about Washington volcanoes – what to expect and how to get prepared, rom the experts at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, The Washington Geological Survey, Washington Emergency Management Division and the City of Puyallup, which conducted the largest volcano evacuation drill in North America.

Thursday, May 13, from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

You can remind yourself on Facebook here. This event is being done with Microsoft TEAMS. No advance registration is necessary. At the time of the event, Facebook will notify you to click the Join Event link. Please do so. Use this link if you don't want to use the Facebook reminder: https://bit.ly/VolcanoWebinar2021

A Desktop Computer works best. Otherwise, if you are trying to watch it on a phone, you will need to download the Microsoft TEAMS App. On a Desktop computer, no apps are necessary. You will see the screen load and you can choose to watch the event on a browser anonymously or by logging into an account you may have.

Captions are available. Have questions? Need help? email public.education@mil.wa.gov

Past Webinars:

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.

September Re-Prepare Webinars: Part 1 & Part 2

Summer Disaster Ready WA Webinar Recording

Tsunami Hazards in our state & Website.

Three Steps to Preparedness

Learn your Hazards
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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.

Resources for Preparedness

Download Publications
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Outreach Activity Requests
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Prepare in a Year
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Connect With Us

Twitter: @waEMD

Facebook: WashEMD


Email: public.education@mil.wa.gov

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