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​September 2022 National Preparedness Month


Week 1- Make A Plan

Let's make a plan TODAY! To get started, ask yourself these questions:

  • How will I stay informed about a disaster?
  • Where will I shelter if necessary?
  • How will my family communicate?
  • Do I have an emergency kit? Is it expired?
A disaster plan requires you to sit down with everyone in your home to discuss how you will respond in a disaster. If you have children explain to them what disaster might occur and what to do. Practice evacuating your home and meeting at a safe location. Choose an out of area contact, if phone lines are tied up you will have better luck with a long distance call. Make sure everyone knows where the emergency supply kit is located.
Don't know how to get started? Check out our Island Ready App. You can create a plan based on your family! 


Week 2 - Build A Kit with Everyone in Mind

It is great to have a plan, but if you don't have any supplies then you will find yourself in trouble. Building a kit is fairly simple! We recommend slowly purchasing items. For example, next time you go to the grocery store, purchase a few extra cans of food and a gallon of water. Over the course of a month, you will have a decent stockpile. 

Not only will your kit need food and water, but you will need to have seasonal clothing, toiletries, and comfort items. Check out our list of items below.

  • Food for 2 weeks
  • A gallon of water per person per day
  • Clothing
  • Boots
  • Toiletries
  • Comfort Item
  • Emergency Cash
  • Flashlight
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • NOAA Radio
  • Batteries

Week 3 - Low Cost/No Cost Preparedness

For some, cost is an issue with preparing. We have some low cost/no cost preparation for you!

  • Check your insurance coverage and make sure it is up to date
  • Learn about the hazards we face in Island County
  • Download our FREE Island Ready app and follow the steps on there
  • Add a few items to your grocery list every week and slowly build your kit
  • Have a family scavenger hunt around your house to look for hazards

Week 4 - Teach Youth About Preparedness

Check out our Kids Corner page for fun games and activities for kids! 

The best way to teach children is to discuss exactly what to expect and practice what to do. Describe an earthquake to them and then practice what to do. You can also give them a job to do. Ex: "When you feel shaking I want you to Drop, Cover, and Hold on." or "When there is a fire in our home, you will exit the house and go to our meeting location, let's practice!"

​Have you downloaded Island Ready Mobile App?

Go to the app store and download our FREE preparedness app!

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