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Personal Preparedness

Only 36 percent of individuals believe there is a high likelihood of a natural disaster to EVER happen in their community*. Yet, all across the country there are examples of disasters, both natural and otherwise, that affect people daily.

In Spokane, we are most prone to fires, floods and severe storms. Being prepared for these events is everyone’s responsibility.

Spokane Regional Health District encourages you to:

  • Make a family emergency plan
  • Put together an emergency supply kit
  • Be prepared to help your neighbor
  • Work as a team to keep everyone safe

 

What’s included in a family emergency plan?
  • Identify an out-of town contact. This person may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging as these messages can often get around network disruptions.
  • Subscribe to Spokane County alert services.
  • Be Prepared for Emergencies (pdf) One-page information sheet for individuals, families and those with specific needs.
 
What’s included in an emergency supply kit?
  • One gallon of water per person per day for three days – remember pets
  • At least a three-day supply of foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Also pack a manual can opener and eating utensils
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities 


*2009 Citizen Corps National Survey


 

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