October 2014

WA State Disaster Preparedness Month


Disaster happen - Are you prepared?

It won't happen here! We can have a tendency to think that disasters will not happen where we live. Recent years however have proven it can - severe winter storms, floods, and extended power outages have occurred across our state. We must accept this as reality and assume responsibility by taking action to prepare ourselves, our loved ones, homes, pets and neighborhoods.



Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on October 16* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

Washingtonians can join today - participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes – wherever you live, work, or travel.

Information about ShakeOut:


Washington State ShakeOut VideoSO-WA-State

Pierce County's - ShakeOut VideoPierce-SO

America's PrepareAthon - ShakeOut VideoAP-SO-2

NOAA Radios

Weather Radios

Why Weather Radios?

Do you have a smoke detector? Of course - it alerts you when it detects smoke. Weather radios alert you to many other immediate, life-threatening hazards in your area, like weather, tsunamis, volcanos, hazardous releases, and other dangerous events. Weather Radios should be as common as smoke detectors in homes and businesses statewide to help protect lives and property from natural and technological hazards.

Without a weather radio, you could miss a critical warning message from local emergency authorities that could save your life and those in your family. NOAA Weather Radio is a perfect complement to local broadcast news, as well as the Internet and other weather information sources. It serves as a "first-alert" to the hazardous event. Most news-oriented broadcasters will offer further information.

NOAA Weather Radio is a lifesaver for the cost of a pair of shoes!

For more information, go to:

National Weather Service

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Official Site







Other Resources

Prepare in a Year

Don't forget...
Choose one hour each month to complete the designated activity and write it on your planning calendar.

Month #1 Activity:
Develop an Action Plan
Month #2 Activity:
Out of Area Contact
Month #3 Activity:
Storing Water
Month #4 Activity:
72-Hour Comfort Kit
Month #5 Activity:
Important Documents
Month #6 Activity:
Extended Events
Month #7 Activity:
Under the Bed
Month #8 Activity:
Utility Safety
Month #9 Activity:
Drop, Cover & Hold On
Month #10 Activity:
Fire Safety
Month #11 Activity:
Shelter in Place
Month 12 Activity:
Home Hazard Hunt



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