Individual and Family Preparedness

Family preparedness begins with a Family Communications Plan - a common out-of-region point of contactThere are a ton of preparedness guides, but in this section of our web site we will recommend Vashon-specific  information - and the best sources of information from King County, the State of Washington, and FEMA for individuals and familes.

Steps to Family Preparedness

  1. Learn the pertinent risks (i.e., most likely or potentially severe) to your family
  2. Make a Family Emergency Plan/Emergency Contact card and sign up for alerts
  3. Create a Go Kit with critical supplies for 36 hours. Store one in each car.
  4. Create a 10 day cache of emergency supplies. (On Vashon we recommend 10 days, triple the national recommendation. We could be isolated during an emergency and it may take longer for help to reach our rural area.)
  5. Prepare your livestock and pets too.
  6. Join with neighbors and close friends to create a Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization (NERO) to provide resiliency if you are hurt or stranded away from your family, pets and livestock.
  7. Retrofit your house to increase its survivability during quakes and storms.
  8. Consider earthquake insurance, but be aware of earthquake policy limitations.

Are you ready?

Many rural residents already know how to be prepared!Take the Family Emergency Preparedness Test to see if you and your family members are ready for what we all know is coming sooner or later, a major earthquake. Creating a Family Plan is an important part of your preparation for disaster. Take our test to see how well prepared you are.

We also have a variety of checklists available.

View VashonBePrepared's Online Disaster Terms Glossary