Collecting basic disaster supplies will help you make it through unexpected situations. Take it slow and steady with a few easy-to-do steps each month. The Prepare in a Year guide can help, as can the Washington Emergency Management Division's 2 Weeks Ready fact sheet, which considers the needs of everyone in the household including seniors, children and pets.
In a disaster, your family, neighbors and friends may be your primary source of support and assistance. Strong social ties where you live can lead to informal mutual aid – sharing resources like food, tools or medical supplies – to help people recover better from disasters. Create your own neighborhood pocket of resilience by getting to know people near you. Try Map Your Neighborhood, a state-sponsored program that provides guides and materials for neighborhood blocks to plan for emergencies together.
Bellevue is situated in a unique geographic location with mountain ranges, lakes, creeks, several active faults and volcanoes, unstable soils, and a nearby ocean. These beautiful natural landscapes can be potential hazards to people and infrastructure. Check where you live, work or play on this interactive Critical Hazards Map showing local hazards including earthquake faults and liquefaction zones.