Discuss with your family and friends about what you will do in case of an emergency. Get a plan in writing and be sure to write down specifics on how your household will respond. A template can be used such as this or you can create your own with some basic information.
Meeting Places: Determine two locations to reunite with your household:
1) Near your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire disaster
2) A specific location away from your home in case you cannot return or need to evacuate your home. Make sure this option would be far enough away from the potential hazard that it is accessible.
Establish an out-of-area contact: Local phone lines may be down or overloaded following a disaster. An out-of-area contact can relay information back and forth and establish a list of all family members status and location. See more on out-of-area contacts here.
Write down emergency contact phone numbers: In an emergency, do not rely on the contacts in your cell phone, there may not be power to recharge it. Have a communication card handy for all family members.
Revisit your plan, at least annually and make revisions as necessary.
Some disasters are predictable and receiving warnings in advance can help you better prepare for the event. Here are some options to get first hand, accurate information for alerts, warnings, trainings and disaster updates:
AlertSense: Receive emergency alerts notifying you as to evacuations, crime/imminent danger and local area emergencies. Sign up for AltertSense notifications here.
GovDelivery: Sign up for GovDelivery to get notifications on upcoming workshops and trainings, as well as educational disaster information and tips. Sign up here.
Local Emergency Radio Stations: Designated radio stations in Snohomish County include:
KXIR - 89.9 FM
KSER - 90.7 FM
KXA - 1520 AM and 101.1 FM
KRKO - 1380 AM
Purchase a NOAA radio: Tuning into a NOAA radio can give you continuous weather information during an emergency including warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. For more information on NOAA weather radios see information from the National Weather Service.