King County Office of Emergency Management
September is National Preparedness Month
While the weather is still pleasant and kids are returning to school, take time to prepare for emergencies in your home, school, organizations, businesses, and communities. Here are three easy steps for making preparedness a part of your everyday life:
Step 1: Implement simple preparedness activities
Start by learning more about local hazards and what you can do to plan for them. Then involve your entire family in making a plan, building a kit, and helping others so that when disasters strike, you'll be ready.
Step 2: Pledge to prepare
Register as a community preparedness coalition member at ready.gov/pledge. Members have access to the online community, resources, and tools available to help get you and your family prepared for an emergency.
Step 3: Take a free online preparedness course
Developed in partnership with the Emergency Management Institute and in consultation with faith-based and community partners, FEMA's "Is-909 Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone" training course introduces you to a program for promoting individual and community preparedness through simple and engaging activities. The course is free, available online, and is designed for anyone to use in coordination with your local emergency management office.
Back-to-school preparedness: More than buying notebooks and pencils!
As your child heads back to class, are they ready for emergency situations that can arise? In addition to keeping your emergency contact information up-to-date at your child’s school...
- Find out where children will be taken if they have to evacuate the school;
- Ask if they store enough food, water and other supplies in case they have to “shelter-in-place;”
- Designate a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that person is; and
- Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis.
Visit FEMA's new Ready Kids site for valuable tools to help your children and teachers prepare for emergencies.
Resilient King County initiative seeks to develop long-term disaster recovery strategy
This initiative is a county-wide, two-year planning process for crafting a comprehensive long-term recovery strategy following a major earthquake or other catastrophe, and follows on the recently published Resilient Washington State report. Learn more.
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).