Snohomish County is a wonderful place to live, but there are risks that come with our mountains, trees and rivers.
Mountains can have severe weather, hills can slide, trees can catch fire, and rivers can flood.
Right now, you can give someone peace of mind by giving them a gift of safety. Make sure that person can get the earliest possible warning about floods, fires, extreme weather, wind storms, mudslides, bridge failures, and other unexpected emergencies.
The best way to stay safe is to get notified about a potential danger as early as possible. You can make that happen for yourself, your family, your friends and your neighbors. There are two ways to prepare. Both of them are easy and free.
Sign up for AlertSense the state’s early warning and notification system (click on the “Public Opt-In”). You can choose what activities you want to be alerted about. You can have your alerts go to your text messages, voice messages or email – or all of the above. Your zip code and address is used to tailor alerts for where you live. You can add more alerts or update your contact methods at any time.
If you use a cellphone (and even if you don’t), you will want to sign up for Smart911. You can store critical information for use by emergency responders. Please list your emergency contacts, home address and any medical conditions to assist the first responders.
These services are national organizations, not run by the County, but they do coordinate closely with Snohomish County 911 dispatch and with the county’s emergency management team.
Give a gift of safety to everyone – it takes five minutes and it is free.