Be Prepared

Being prepared for an emergency or natural disaster is the best way to ensure your family’s protection. Here are some strategies to help you and your family prepare:

  • Be sure that all family members are familiar with your community warning system
  • Sit down with family members and go over emergency evacuation routes
  • Prepare both an evacuation route via vehicle and on foot
  • Practice the safest routes from your home or business to high, safe ground
  • Set up a family meeting place in the event that members are separated
  • Have an out-of-area contact person for family members to call

As in any major disaster, you and your family should plan on being self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Here are some essential emergency supplies you should store in a quick, easy to reach location:

  • Food and drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Medicines
  • Blankets, warm clothing
  • Rain gear
  • Portable radios with batteries
  • Flashlights with extra batteries

For more information on how you and your family can prepare, respond, and recover from disasters, please visit King County’s Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross.