Disasters happen – are you ready?
September is National Preparedness Month – a reminder to take action to prepare for the emergencies that could affect us wherever we live, work, or play.
- Have food, water, first aid, and other essential supplies in your home and vehicle.
- Create a family and workplace communications plan and know your evacuation routes.
- Learn lifesaving skills – such as CPR and first aid – and how and when to shut off water and gas lines to your home or business.
- Check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face.
When disaster strikes, first responders may not be able to reach you. That’s why it’s critical to prepare in advance and build relationships with your neighbors so you can support each other until help arrives.
Preparedness is the foundation for building resilient communities. While King County Emergency Management focuses on preparing our whole community for disasters, you also have a role to play in emergency preparedness. By planning ahead, you can increase your ability to survive and thrive in the face of disaster, everything from an earthquake to a major winter storm.