Disaster Preparedness Tips
Skagit County Department of Emergency Management urges citizens to take steps to prepare for floods, earthquakes and other emergencies.
After a disaster, emergency response teams will be very busy and may not be able to provide immediate care to all who need it. People should be prepared to be on their own for at least three days. Now is a perfect time to think about what you and your family would do if a disaster were to occur.
Make a Plan - Every family should have a plan for how they will communicate during an emergency and where they will meet if separated. If you live in a flood hazard area, your plan should include when and how you will evacuate, if needed.
Telephone communication will be difficult; texting may be an option if cell phone calls will not work.
To learn more about out-of-area contacts, go to: http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/documents/piy_out_of_area.pdf
Build a Kit - Having basic emergency supplies on hand will help keep you alive and more comfortable during the first few days following a disaster. A minimum three-day supply of food and water plus other items listed below is recommended.
Putting these items together in one place will help you to have what you need. Also consider having an emergency kit in your car and at work. Remember to rotate emergency food and water supplies.
For additional information on disaster kits, go to: http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/documents/piy_72_hour.pdf
Get Involved - Learn more about flooding, earthquakes and other hazards and how to be prepared.
For information about flooding in Skagit County: www.skagitcounty.net/Common/Asp/Default.asp?d=Flood&c=General&p=floodmain.htm
For information about earthquakes: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/?region=Washington
For additional information about disaster preparedness, click on the web links listed below:
Contact the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1850 or firstname.lastname@example.org