Individuals and Families
You could be anywhere when disaster strikes – at work, at school or in the car.
How will you contact your family?
Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning, such as an
earthquake. Or, they may develop slowly and allow adequate time for public
warning, such as with a severe winter storm. Either way, there are proven
steps you can take individually or with your family to increase your chances of
survival and build self-reliance and confidence that you've got it handled.
The links provided below are to reliable resources from a variety of organizations.
Refer to these as you put together a plan to systematically plan for the disasters
and significant emergencies that are expected here. Whenever possible, involve
your family and your neighborhood. Preparedness is a team sport.
- Learn what to expect and how to respond
- Types of Emergencies - Be Red Cross Ready
- Washington County Hazard Analysis
- The Cascadia Subduction Zone threat - Maps and Publications
- Complete a Home Hazard Hunt - Prevent Injuries
Make a Plan
Assemble a Kit
- Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
- Build a Survival Kit - Be Red Cross Ready
- Kit Contents and Storage Locations
- Storing Food and Water
Practice and Maintain
But Wait, There's More…
- Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
- Keeping food safe during an emergency
- Carry Medical Emergency Information Cards
- When and how to shut off utilities
- Secure heavy objects before an EQ
- Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu
- Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times