Today’s participants in order of appearance: Roseanne Garand, Washington Emergency Management Division, Ashley Blazina, Washington Department of Natural Resources - Wildfire; Joe Smillie, Washington Department of Natural Resources - Geology; Mike Zimmerman, Washington Department of Health – Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Each year, September is National Preparedness Month. The month raises awareness of the importance to be prepared, now and throughout the year, for the types of natural and man-made disasters that could affect where we live, work, go to school, worship and visit.
In Washington state, the likelihood of a hurricane is pretty low, but an earthquake that could have just as devastating effects could happen and without any of the warning that folks facing hurricanes get days ahead of time. Plus, we have our own issues with wildfires, storms and snow, too.
Everyone can take steps to get better prepared and two weeks ready, including:
Get to know your neighbors; check with each other before and after a disaster and include neighbors in your emergency plan. Better yet, Map Your Neighborhood to make sure you know what everyone’s needs are prior to a disaster.
Sign up for emergency alerts to receive life-saving information from your state and local officials. We have a list of them here. Can’t find your local jurisdiction? Check online to see what they have available.
Start work on your emergency kits – including crafting a “go” kit and starting a kit to make sure you’re at least two weeks ready.
The weekly themes for National Preparedness Month are:
- Week 1: Sept 1-8 Make and Practice Your Plan
- Week 2: Sept 9-15 Learn Life Saving Skills
- Week 3: Sept 16-22 Check Your Insurance Coverage
- Week 4: Sept 23-29 Save For an Emergency