Disaster Preparedness

Preparedness Basics:

You're living in the Pacific Northwest.  Let's assume there's an earthquake, or wildfire, or ice storm, or house fire.  You have to evacuate—you have to leave now and you can't go back.  Do you have a plan?  Will you have access to what you need to survive?  For how many days?  How will you contact family members, emergency services, a physician, an insurance agent?  What will you need to tell them?  Taking some time to do this right is your best catastrophic insurance policy, and it won't cost you a dime.

  • Family Communication Plan and Family Emergency Plan Wallet Cards

    These are editable documents from FEMA that you can download, edit to add your own information, print off and keep in a safe, secure place. Are there two exits from every room in your home? Does every family member know them?

  • Checklist: Emergency supplies

    Print this list out, annotate where things are located, and keep a copy of it where you might need to get at it in an emergency. Recheck your supplies every six months and rotate any "use by" items.

  • Checklist: Bug-out bag

    A friend of ours lives on a hill and her son's family lives down from her on that hill. She has her bug-out bag on rollers and plans to just roll her bag downhill if anything happens at her place.

Types of disaster: (links are to FEMA's before-during-after advice sites)

Useful links to knowledgeable sources:

Financial Preparedness: