Winter storm season is here. Are you prepared?
The impacts of winter weather conditions - wind, rain, and freezing temperatures - can leave your family isolated or in the dark for hours or days at a time. It's important to plan ahead so you are ready to take winter by storm. Take these simple steps:
- Make a plan. Know how you and your loved ones will communicate when communication systems are down, and where you will meet if separated.
- Build a kit. Include food, water, medications, toiletries, a first aid kit, flashlight and extra batteries, warm blankets and clothing, and other essential supplies for every member of your household (including pets). Keep a kit at home and in your car.
- Stay informed. Monitor local radio stations for important safety information and updates. Be sure to have a battery-operated radio and extra batteries on hand.Consider registering for emergency news and information notifications at www.kingcounty.gov/rpin - it's free to subscribe and you can choose the types of alerts you want to receive.
It's also a good idea to get to know your neighbors. During winter emergencies you can help each other and share needed resources. Find more tips and checklists at www.takewinterbystorm.org. Winter shelter information is provided by King County 2-1-1.
Residents and businesses
Learn more about how you, your family, or your business can prepare, respond, and recover from disasters here in King County. Be sure to visit our regional public preparedness campaign websites and to register for emergency alerts (see links at right). These three steps will help you start down the path of being better prepared.
|Does your family know what to do, how to communicate, and where to go in case of an emergency? Having a emergency plan is the first key step in being prepared.
|What basic supplies would you need to survive until more help comes following an emergency? A 7-10 day emergency supply kit is a basic tool for providing peace of mind, comfort, and survival needs in the face of a catastrophe.
|We will all rely on each other during disasters. Take a CPR class, get to know your neighbors and how you can all work better together before and after a disaster.
Emergency management professionals
Find information on emergency management plans, grants, homeland security, and regional partnerships. Be sure to visit our regional public preparedness campaign websites and to register for emergency alerts (see links at right).