• Prepare for Known Hazards

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    Emergency Management training in action

    The City of Bellevue is a great place to live; however, we are subject to many potential hazards and disasters for which it pays to be prepared. 

    Emergency Kits

    Building an emergency kit with basic disaster supplies will help you make it through unexpected situations. Building an emergency kit doesn't have to be an overwhelming, daunting task on your to-do list; it can be manageably broken up into small, fun steps that you can take each month on your journey to preparedness.  Washington Emergency Management Division's 2 Weeks Ready fact sheet can help, with considerations for the needs of everyone in the household including seniors, children and pets. More information can also be found at ready.gov

    Before you get started, remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. Emergency kits do not need to be built in a day, a week or even a month. Being 2 Weeks Ready is the goal and every single item you add is more than you had the day before and one step closer to achieving your goal. Taking a slow and steady approach not only increases your chance of building a complete kit, but it also helps shape the behavior change necessary to maintain a kit.

    Let’s get started. If you’ve never built an emergency preparedness kit before, or if you’d like to refresh your kit, gather your household and play this simple game:

    1. Give everybody a method to make a list – think pen and paper, audio recorder, crayons and a napkin.
    2. Grab a timer. A phone will work!
    3. Ask everybody to spend the next five minutes independently making a list of all the items they’d need for a camping trip.
    4. When time is up, share your lists.

    Chances are, everyone mentioned something along the lines of shelter, food, basic first aid, clothing, and water. Congratulations! You now have a basic outline for your emergency kit! That’s a victory! Celebrate it. Now stretch out that camping trip to a minimum of 14 days and you’re well on your way. This is the length of time in which experts anticipate you could be on your own in a disaster. 

    Neighbor Support

    We all have people who depend on us, even more so 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, we're all in this together. Create your own neighborhood pocket of resilience by getting to know people near you. Try Be 2 Weeks Ready, a state-sponsored program that provides guides and materials for neighborhood blocks to plan for emergencies together. 

    Hazards Map

    Bellevue is situated in a unique geographic location with mountain ranges, lakes, creeks, several active faults and volcanoes, mineshafts, 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.

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