A natural disaster can happen at anytime without warning. The Washington State Patrol would like everyone to be aware of the potential for an emergency and plan accordingly. We suggest that you think about the following things now, so that you will be better prepared in an emergency situation.
Know what types of disasters are likely to occur in your area. Discuss with your family what to expect during each of these disasters and explain what to do in each case.
Create a disaster plan
Make sure your family knows evacuation routes in the event of an emergency.
Pick a location where the family can meet in the event of a disaster. One place should be just outside of your house, in the event of a sudden emergency like a fire. A second location outside your neighborhood should be chosen incase you are unable to return to your home following a disaster.
Get an out of state relative or friend to be a contact for your family after a disaster. Local phone lines could be bogged down after an earthquake or other emergency, and it is often easier to call long distance.
Confine or secure your pets.
Practice your plan regularly so that it is familiar to everyone.
Find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children's school or day care center, and other places you visit on a regular basis.
Prepare an emergency kit: (keep all items in an airtight plastic bag and make sure you store your kit in a convenient location so everyone in the family can locate it)
Radio for emergency alerts (extra batteries)
First aid kit (gauze pads, latex gloves, bandages, safety pins, soap, sunscreen, scissors, tweezers, towelettes, antiseptic, thermometer, tongue blades, lubricant.)
Non-perishable food (select foods that do not require preparation or cooking and need little to no water) Ex: Canned goods, high energy bars, canned juices, staple foods (salt, sugar, pepper, spices etc)
Water (Store in a plastic container, avoid containers that can decompose or break. Change it every six months so that it stays fresh)
Tools (non-electric can opener, utility knife, matches, pliers, signal flare)
Mess kits (cups, plates, utensils)
Medicine (Vitamins, Aspirin, Laxatives, Antacid, Insulin, and any other prescription drugs needed)
Emergency telephone numbers
Toiletries (toilet paper, feminine supplies etc.)
Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 for an emergency.
Make sure your house is equipped with smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher and that everyone knows where it is located and how to use it.
Take a first aid and CPR class.
Show everyone in the family how to turn off power and gas in the event of an emergency.
Emergency Resource Links
Check these agencies out for more emergency information: