What You Can Do to Prepare
Our goal is to help keep our team, clients, and community healthy and ensure we’re doing as much as possible to manage and minimize the spread of COVID-19. We hope you and your family stay well throughout this crisis.
We understand and share the fear many of you face. It’s difficult to cope with the uncertainty of school closures, changes in work situations, and social distancing.
Disasters like Corona-virus don’t plan ahead, but you can. We’re using this emergency as a reminder to evaluate our family’s disaster preparedness plans and emergency kits.
Every family should have a thought-out emergency plan that takes into account all types of disasters, including situations like the current Corona-virus pandemic. This weekend, we encourage you to spend an hour with your family evaluating and updating your emergency plan.
If you don’t have a disaster preparedness plan, now is the time to make one.
Next, work on building your home emergency kit. Your home emergency kit should take into account all the essentials – food, water, shelter, warmth, and safety – you need to shelter in place during and after a disaster.
The Washington State Emergency Management Division recommends stocking enough resources to survive on your own for two weeks.
Building Your Home Emergency Kit
Your home emergency kit should contain all the essentials you need to shelter in place during and after a disaster. A major disaster can compromise public utilities, so be sure to have adequate supplies of water, food, and access to heat sources.
Many of these items can also come in handy during smaller emergencies, like fall windstorms and power outages that are common throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Your home emergency kit should include:
- Drinking water. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person, per day. In the aftermath of a disaster, you can also fill bathtubs with water.
- Nonperishable food and manual can opener.
- First aid kit and 30 day supply of medicines.
- Flashlights, candles, and matches.
- Extra batteries.
- N-95 face masks & Gloves
- Copies of important documents.
- Cooking facilities, such as a camp stove.
- Hand Crank NOAA Weather radio.
- Seasonally appropriate clothing.
- Generator and fuel.
- Portable toilet.
- Manual charging station for cell phones.
- Tools. It’s critically important you know how to shut off the gas and water mains to your home and have the tools to do so.
This checklist is a general guideline to help you get started. Be sure to take into account specific needs in your household, including different ages of members in your household, dietary needs, disabilities, and religious and cultural considerations. Don’t forget to take your pets into consideration, too.