Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Many people don’t know where to start, so they never do.
MethowReady is here to help walk you through the steps of being prepared and to lend support along the way.
When Disaster Strikes Will You Be Ready?
Why you should prepare in advance for a disaster?
1. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.
2. The more prepared you are, the less stressful a disaster situation is going to be. Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety and losses that accompany disasters. It is the people who fail to plan and prepare that are caught by surprise and least able to cope when the inevitable disaster occurs.
3. Being prepared can also actually help reduce the impact of disasters. For example, spending time in advance reducing fuels around our homes makes them more survivable in case of a fire. This can reduce the number of people put in harms way in the long run.
4. The better prepared you are, the better neighbor you can be. If you have your disaster supplies kit ready, you’ll be freed up to help the person up river who might need a helping hand.
5. Being prepared allows the public safety and emergency service agencies to focus on doing their jobs—saving lives and property.
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5 Simple Steps You Can Take
While summer is the season of wildfire, which brings the specter of evacuations, winter is actually the season most likely to test our preparedness. Storms knock out power, a deep freeze strands us in our homes, a rain-on-snow event brings flooding that cuts roads and highways. What simple steps can you take to be prepared for the unexpected?
Follow these simple steps can you take ahead of time to make yourself and your home more survivable?
1. Make a Family Emergency Plan.
2. Build a Disaster and Evacuation Kit.
3. Sign up for Okanogan County Emergency Alert System notification.
Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Okanogan County Alert System. This system enables Okanogan County agencies to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.
4. Install a reflective address sign so your home can be easily located. You can get these through the Winthrop Fire Fighters Association.
5. Implement Firewise principles to reduce fuels around your home and outbuildings.