Emergency Preparedness: Are you Ready?

Emergency Preparedness: Are you Ready? *

Emergency Preparedness Workshop has been canceled. We are are working on rescheduling it later this year.


Home safety and defensive living are concepts which you need to take very seriously and  take precautions to be ready in an emergency or disaster.  Emergencies can strike quickly and without warning. The federal, state, county, and city governments all urge us to be equipped and responsible for our family and ourselves in an emergency. We need to “Be Prepared” and if possible, to help others.

When putting together an emergency kit keep in mind the 3 R’s:

  1. Replenish: Stock up on items that are running low. Make sure your kit and emergency supplies of nonperishable food and water are replenished and ready for the new year.
  2. Replace: Essential items that are broken or not working should be replaced or repaired.
  3. Remove: Dispose of items that have expired, giving special attention to things you ingest like food or medications.

The City of Seattle is now recommending your home emergency kit have supplies for you and your family for a minimum of 7 to 14 days! You also need an emergency kit in your car. An up-to-date personal health record  is essential during an emergency. Keep a copy in a plastic bag within your mobile emergency kit. This needs to include your personal information, emergency contacts, paperwork such as Advance Directives, Primary Care Physician contact info, insurance information, a list of medications and dosages, allergies, chronic illnesses and important info such as passwords for emails.

What is your family Disaster Plan? How will you contact each other? If there is no electricity and cell phone towers go down, phone lines are down, roads are out, then what? The City has established several HUB centers in West Seattle where a person could walk to in a disaster to get information—there is one at Hope Lutheran Church and one at Alki Community Center.

What is a HUB center? What and where are Red Cross Emergency Centers? What are we doing at West Side to help? Come to a presentation on Saturday, February 25, 9 am to 12 noon, here at West Side to learn how to prepare for an Emergency/Disaster, what the city is doing, and what the Red Cross can do. Learn step by step how to build an emergency kit for you and your family. Learn how to create a Disaster Action Plan. Here in Puget Sound we are most at risk for winter storms, earthquakes, fires, flooding, wind storms, volcano eruptions and tsunamis, or terrorist attacks. We are foolish not to be as prepared as we can be.

—Marilyn Fleming, RN

*(selected parts are from article by Mary Lynn Pannen, RN, printed in retirement Connection Guide)


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