During a major event, 911 services may not be available right away. Being prepared can help keep your family safe until help can arrive. In conjunction with the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, here are a few tips to help be prepared:
- Know the hazards that affect you. Make sure you have a way to monitor media and receive important messages from local emergency services.
- Sign up to receive emergency alerts and severe weather warnings that could directly impact you and your family. This service, powered by AlertSense, allows fire, police and other emergency response agencies to warn residents of events such as need for immediate evacuation, crime/imminent danger, and local area emergencies.
- Go to http://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?regionID=1129
- Get a NOAA radio or other battery powered radio device to keep up-to-date on news and conditions.
- What are your family’s unique circumstances? Do you have pets? Older family members? Special Needs? Plan to meet those needs. Also have a household communications plan.
- Nobody plans to call 911, but a little planning can make a big difference if there is a fire, medical or police emergency. Snohomish County residents can sign up for Smart911, a free service that helps you provide information that may help emergency responders save valuable seconds in an emergency. You control what information you provide.
- Sign up at www.smart911.com
- Gather supplies like food, water, basic first aid and tools, prescriptions, a flashlight, radio, cell phone car charger and batteries for at least seven days. Make copies of your important documents.
- There are many websites that provide checklists and ideas for making a preparedness kit and can help you become more prepared. Check out the following:
- Get trained in first aid and CPR. Plan with your neighbors and coworkers how you would respond and share resources in a disaster. Washington State's Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program, recognizes that during an emergency, "your most immediate source of help are the neighbors living around you."
- For more information about Map Your Neighborhood and the County’s related GEAR-UP program, see: http://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/GearUp.
If you have questions, please contact SNOCOM 911 Executive Director Terry Peterson at 425-774-2521 or TPeterson@snocom.org, or SNOPAC 911 Executive Director Kurt Mills at 425-407-3911.