Disaster Preparedness

 

Emergency Preparedness Depends on You

Every person who lives or works in Redmond shares responsibility for minimizing the impact of disaster on our community.

Disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, and storms can strike at any time, sometimes without warning.  All disasters have the potential to cause disruption, damage property, and take lives.  Knowing what to do and being prepared can help you and your loved ones keep safe and get through a disaster.

Many disasters will affect essential services and possibly disrupt your ability to travel or communicate with each other.  You may be forced to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home.  Emergency services will be on the scene after a disaster, but in the immediate aftermath of an event, they will not be able to get help to everyone as quickly as needed.

This is when you are likely to be most vulnerable.  This is why it's important to plan to look after yourself and your loved ones for at least three days or more in the event of a disaster.  Planning ahead for the challenges you are likely to face in various scenarios--and taking action to be prepared--can help reduce the impact of the disaster event and help you get through.