Medical team lead Steve Bice (retIred CDC senior executive), Psychological First Aid team lead Dr. Britt Gonsoulin (MD, MPH), and Wellness team lead Dr. Julie Rosenblatt (DC)
Pictured (L to R): Steve Bice (retired CDC senior executive) from our Medical Reserve Corps Team, Dr. Britt Gonsoulin (MD, MPH) from our Psychological First Aid Team, and Dr. Julie Rosenblatt (DC) from our Wellness Team.

As individual citizens, we play a vital role in our community’s journey to become the most prepared town in Washington State. It is our responsibility – not City Hall’s nor the Fire Department’s – to be able to take care of ourselves and our neighbors for at least two weeks after a widespread natural disaster.

Our first responders will be overwhelmed and focused on taking care of the community’s core infrastructure. Additional help from outside the area such as the Red Cross will arrive, but not for weeks due to significant destruction of regional transportation systems.

As you consider preparing your home and family for emergencies, download this brief PDF to learn more about our Map Your Neighborhood program, how to receive text-based Nixle alerts, and the Top 10 Essentials you’ll want to have on hand to help your loved ones and direct neighbors.  You’ll also read about our Disaster Hub network, K-12 school preparedness plans, and training opportunities we offer throughout the year.

Be familiar with what you should do in the first five minutes after an earthquake (PDF) to secure yourself and your loved ones and with what materials you should have on hand.

Here’s a quick list of actions you can take *today* to start on the path of preparedness for yourself and your loved ones:

Cascadia Quake Kits