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Chief of Emergency Management: Julie de Losada


If a major earthquake or other disaster struck in your area today, you might be without direct assistance for a least 72 hours. Are you prepared to be self-sufficient? Is your family?

Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.

Find out what could happen to you:

  • What types of disasters are most likely to happen in your community?
  • How should you prepare for each?
  • How will you care for your animals following a disaster?
  • If you care for elderly or disabled persons, how can you help them?
  • What are the disaster plans at your workplace, your children’s school, or day care center?

Individual and Family Preparedness:

  • Know the safe areas in each room (under sturdy tables, desks, or against inside walls).
  • Know the danger spots in each room (windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fireplaces, and tall furniture).
  • Conduct practice drills regularly. Practice finding the safe places for yourself and your children.
  • Learn first-aid and CPR from your local American Red Cross.
  • Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers.
  • Pick two places to meet – right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire; and outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home or are asked to leave your neighborhood.
  • Choose an out-of-state relative or friend whom family members can call to report their whereabouts and condition.

Home Preparedness:

  • Stock emergency supplies and assemble a disaster supplies kit.
  • Install smoke alarms on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
  • Get training from the fire department on how to use your fire extinguisher and show family members where extinguishers are kept.
  • Teach all responsible family members how and when to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at the main switches or valves.
  • Secure your water heater and any appliances that could move enough to rupture utility lines.
  • Plan how to take care of your animals.
  • Discuss what to do if authorities ask you to evacuate.
  • Be familiar with escape routes.

Additional Resources: (Pdf)

For More Information Contact:

  • Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (360) 416-1850.
  • Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross (360) 293-2911
    Serving communities in Skagit County East of the Swinomish Slough and Whatcom County.
  • Mt Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross (360) 424-5291
    Serving communities in Skagit County East of the Swinomish Slough and Whatcom County.

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