Disaster Preparedness

Prepare your home

  • Make and store a disaster survival kit
  • Secure wall hangings
  • Secure tall furniture and objects
  • Secure water heater
  • Kitchen Cabinet latches
  • Garage storage wall anchors
  • Foundation structure anchors

Prepare your pets

  • Designate a safe location for each pet
  • Safeguard an extra supply of medications
  • Make sure pets have collars with identification and rabies tags
  • Extra blankets
  • Extra food and water
  • Plastic bags for cleanup issues

Other Considerations

  • Review your insurance policies to be sure you have the right coverage to meet your needs. Find out what your insurance will cover. Standard Homeowners and Business insurance does not cover damage caused by flood, earthquake, landslides or tsunamis. Flood Insurance may be purchased through the National Flood Insurance Program. You may purchase earthquake coverage separately through your Homeowners Insurance company.
  • Develop a comprehensive Home Inventory of your personal property. A complete inventory of your possessions will help in obtaining insurance settlements and/or tax deductions for losses. Don't trust your memory. List descriptions, take pictures/and or video and include receipts if possible.
  • Store your Home Inventory, insurance papers and other important financial documents in waterproof containers offsite in a safety deposit box or with a friend. Become familiar with your community's disaster preparedness plans.
  • Plan an escape route in the event you have to evacuate your home if your family is separated at the time of a disaster.
  • Designate a central meeting point for family members if you are separated at the time of a disaster.
  • Designate an out-of-area relative or friend who can act as a communication link between you and family members if you're separated. Local phone lines may be down or over capacity.
  • Check with city or county officials for low points in the event of a flood.
  • Be sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.
  • Locate the nearest official shelter. The Red Cross can locate the shelter nearest your home and explain what you should bring with you. Remember shelters may not allow you to bring pets.

Source: Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division

Disaster Preparedness