Overview

Preparedness

 "Fate favors the prepared"…Louis Pasteur

Your chances of surviving a disaster rest largely on what you do to prepare.  Getting prepared for disasters is easy but
you need to resolve to take action.  The tools you need to help prepare can be found here.  You'll discover many
"how-to" aids and external links to recommended sources.   Make time to review them and create a plan for becoming
more resilient.

Recommended actions:

Individuals and Families

  • Create a plan for how you and your family will respond during a disaster.
  • Pack a kit of emergency supplies that will get you through at least the first three days.
  • Teach family members when and how to shut off utilities.
  • Practice your response to fires and earthquakes.
  • Identify and protect important documents. 

Vulnerable Populations

  • Seniors: Identify the essential things you will need to survive for three to five days or longer if assistance cannot get to you.
  • Children: Involve children in your preparedness actions, for example, pack supplies, practice drills and review the actions you want them to take in different emergency situations.
  • Individuals with disabilities or others with access and functional needs: Develop a plan and a personal support network of family, friends, and caregivers who can help you in an emergency.  If you use powered medical equipment, plan alternate ways to charge your life-supporting communication and assistive technology devices.
  • Animals: Make plans now for what you will do with your pets if you have to evacuate suddenly. Check to make
    sure you have safe carriers for each pet.

Businesses

  • Identify workplace hazards that could cause injury, property damage, business disruption, and/or environmental impact.
  • Examine ways to prevent or minimize hazards and reduce risks.
  • Complete a BCP – Business Continuity Plan.
  • Develop back-up plans for loss of power, communications and access to the Internet.
  • Communicate your plan and expected actions to all employees.

Schools

  • Create an all-hazards response plan to safeguard students and staff.
  • Communicate the plan and expected actions to students, school staff, and parents.
  • Build grab-and-go kits for possible evacuations.
  • Practice emergency response drills, e.g., earthquake, fire, and active shooter.
  • Maintain plans with annual updates.

Campaigns, Kits, and Games

  • Get familiar with Take 5 to Survive, a campaign addressing two real obstacles to getting prepared - lack of time
    and lack of money. Take 5 breaks down what can seem like a monumental task into bite-sized pieces that can be
    accomplished over time.
  • Check out the Preparing Together Discussion Guide and Toolkit from any library in Washington County. This
    regionally developed program includes a kit with teaching materials that anyone can present to groups they support.
  • Map Your Neighborhood is a guide that helps citizens strengthen their neighborhood's response to disasters.
    Organizing your neighbors, inventorying their skills, and identifying resources are components of this program.
  • Involve the kids and play some games, such as Beat the Quake. Test your earthquake safety knowledge.