Disasters happen. Are you ready?

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month – a reminder to take action to prepare now and throughout the year for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and play.  It’s important to have a family and workplace communications plan and evacuation route established. You are also urged to store food, water, first aid, and other essential survival supplies in your home and vehicle.

Additionally, take time to learn lifesaving skills – such as CPR and first aid – and how and when to shut off water and gas lines to your home or business. Finally, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face (e.g. flood, earthquakes, freezing temperatures). When disaster strikes, first responders may not be able to reach you. That’s why it’s critical you prepare in advance and build relationships with your neighbors so you can support each other until help arrives.

Learn more and get checklists at www.kingcounty.gov/prepare and www.makeitthrough.org.