Be Prepared in 2017!
Here is an idea: Resolve to take one hour each month to do one activity for disaster readiness.
1. Make an action plan. Discover what disasters you are most likely to experience in your area. Discuss with your family what you would do in each event.
2. Identify an out-of-area-contact person everyone would call if you can’t get in touch with each other.
3. Store enough water for you family for at least two weeks—one gallon per person a day. Remember your pets.
4. Build an emergency supply kit for your family that includes extra food, medicine, clothing, and shelter. Keep in sturdy container that is easily carried and store near an exit door.
5. Make photo-copies of important documents, store in a ziplock container and kept in your emergency kit or your wallet.
6. Have supplies for extended events such as extra batteries, cooking supplies, sanitation, and shelter.
7. Keep an under-the-bed kit with items such as sturdy shoes, work gloves, a hardhat, a flashlight and extra batteries. Keep it under your bed (or near it) to quickly grab in the middle of the night when the power is off.
8. Learn how to safely shut off power and natural gas.
9. Identify where you would go in each room to drop-cover-and hold-on in the event of an earthquake.
10. Understand principles of fire safety and practice them.
11. Understand what is meant by “Shelter-in-Place” and how you would do it at your home or workplace.
12. last, but not least, have a home hazard hunt to find areas in your home that are potential hazards and what you can do to make them safer.
To find out more and resolve in 2017 to be better for the hazards we face today: www.piercecountywa.org/prepare.