As recent windstorms and floods remind us, Washington is vulnerable to natural disasters. To ensure that residents are ready the next time disaster strikes, the Bellevue Fire Department has produced a video that tells people just how to prepare.
Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the 10-minute film does more than tell people to set aside food, water and flashlights. Vernon Owens, education coordinator for Fire Department’s Emergency Preparedness Division, explains what the term "drop, cover and hold" means and a homeowner with a wrench demonstrates exactly how you shut off the gas if there's a leak.
Scenes of storms in Bellevue and recovery efforts grab viewers' attention.
To reach the more than 30 percent of city residents who are foreign-born, the Fire Department produced versions of the video in six languages in addition to English -- Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean. Native speakers serve as the host for each version.
The free video was posted to the city's website this week, and is available for streaming from an Emergency Preparedness page. The city’s four foreign-language sites -- in Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish and Chinese -- also have links to the versions in their respective languages.
Starting March 15, residents can pick up the video on DVD at City Hall (450 110th Ave. NE), Crossroads Mini City Hall (15600 NE Eighth St.), all parks community centers and all nine Bellevue fire stations. Call Bellevue's Service First (425-452-6800) or consult the city Building Directory to find the nearest community center or fire station.
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