Hazards informationThe Hazard Inventory and Risk Assessment component of the CEMP contains detailed information on Bellevue's hazards.
The interactive Critical Hazards Map depicts Bellevue's hazards and allows users to search addresses to visualize how hazards may intersect their homes, schools, businesses or places of work.
The interactive Washington State Seismic Scenario Catalog depicts damages caused by specific earthquake scenarios. The tool allows users to select ruptures on specific faults (Cascadia, Seattle, Tacoma, etc.) and view damages done to roads, freeways, schools, and critical infrastructure.
Emergency alert notificationsEnroll in King County's emergency alert system. ALERT King County is a regional public information and notification service. The service helps you stay informed about potential hazards and threats that impact your area.
Situational AwarenessThe NOAA Weather Radio is an all hazards radio network. The system broadcasts public safety, warning and post-event information.
The Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Outage Map displays power outage information within the region. PSE also offers an outage notification service which informs customers of the status of their power outage.
Build a Kit
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of items you may need in the event of an emergency situation. Emergency kits should be assembled prior to an emergency. Gas, electricity, sewage and water may not function after a disaster occurs. Additionally, being prepared will alleviate pressure on emergency responders.
One gallon of water per person per day. Water will be used for drinking, cooking, and sanitation.
Ideal packing foods are non-perishable, easy to prepare items which are high in calories. Consider packing canned or dry foods which do not need to be cooked to eat. Consider any dietary restrictions or needs. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils.
Make sure to pack an extra set of clothes. This may include rain gear and a pair of sturdy boots.
Include a multi-purpose tool, flashlight, hand-crank radio, cell phone charger, batteries, work gloves, extra cash, and matches.
Health and Hygiene
Consider packing a first aid kit, toothbrushes, pads, tampons, toilet paper, baby wipes, soap, dust masks, goggles, and any prescribed medications.
Bedding and Shelter
Wool and fleece blankets are good bedding options as they retain heat. Additionally, wool is a flame retardant and fleece is lightweight. Consider packing a foil blanket as they are compact, lightweight, insulating, and act as a vapor barrier. A tent or tarp can be utilized as shelter.
Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Calendar
Purchasing all of the items at once that should go in an emergency kit can be costly. Recognizing this, the Red Cross has developed a calendar, which outlines items to buy over a period of 24 weeks. By the 24th week, the user will have everything they need to be prepared.
For more information, check out the following guides on how to build an emergency kit:
Protect Yourself - Earthquakes
If your home was built before the use of mandatory seismic construction standards, contact a contractor to find out how you can add seismic retrofits to your home. Strap or bolt heavy furniture or cabinetry to the walls. Check the stability of hanging objects such as ceiling fans and chandeliers.
To reduce the likelihood of injury during an earthquake, remember to: DROP, COVER, and HOLD.
When the earth begins to shake remember to follow these instructions:
DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position ensures that you will not be knocked down and allows you to stay low and crawl to nearby shelter.
COVER your head and neck with one arm. If a table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall away from windows. Stay on your knees, bend over to protect your vital organs.
HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops, and be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts. If you do not have shelter, hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands for protection.
Once the shaking has stopped, take the fastest and safest route out of the building. Do not use elevators or enter damaged buildings. Aftershocks may occur.Check yourself for injuries.
If you must evacuate your residence, leave a message stating where you are going and bring your emergency kit.
Protect Yourself - Windstorms
Windstorms may knock out power to your home for an extended period of time. Without power, your home's essential appliances and systems may be inoperative.
Without power, refrigerators, stoves, and microwaves will not function. When food is not kept cold or cooked to the proper temperature foods become susceptible to contamination.
- Keep refrigerator doors closed to trap cold air.
- Consume foods that spoil fast before foods that keep longer.
- Refrigerator or freezers may be packed with ice or snow.
- Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a 10 cubic foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. If dry ice is used, be sure that it does not come into direct contact with food. When handling dry ice be sure to use dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury.
- Throw away meats, seafood, dairy, and cooked foods that do not feel cold to the touch.
- If in doubt, throw it away.
- See King County Public Health's Food Safety Fact Sheets for more information.
- Never use generators indoors or in garages. Generators produce carbon monoxide - a toxic transparent gas which can lead to fatality. Opening doors, windows, or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
- Do not overload your generator. Be sure to identify the amount of wattage your generator can withstand.
- Be sure that your generator produces more power than will be consumed by your appliances. If your appliances consume more power than can be generated, you may damage the generator or connected equipment.
- Place generators at least 20 feet away from buildings. Even if generators are placed far from the home, exhaust can still blow into structures. It is important to have working carbon monoxide detectors installed inside your home.
- Avoid electrocution by keeping generators dry.
Generator Safety - WA State Department of Health
Staying Warm Without Power
Conserve body heat by wearing extra clothing and using blankets to trap body heat.
To increase heating efficiency, select a room to trap heat. Choose a room with the least amount of window surface area. Isolate the room by keeping doors closed and hang heavy blankets or drapes over windows and entryways.
- Burn anything larger than candles inside your home without providing adequate ventilation to the outside.
- Burn charcoal materials indoors.
Reduce Your Hazards
- FEMA's Earthquake Hazard Hunt
- Enroll in Bellevue's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.
- Learn more about organizing your neighborhood through the Map Your Neighborhood Program.
- Obtain a HAM Radio license.
- Take a first-aid class. The American Red Cross also has first aid classes held in the greater Puget Sound area.
- Learn how and when to turn off your water and gas.
- Learn how to use a fire extinguisher.
- Have a smoke detector installed. The American Red Cross offers free smoke alarms that they will install in your home.