Disasters in the News — Get Pepared

The recent hurricanes in the news showed people without electricity, water and food, shelter, and transportation.  In Seattle we face disaster from an earthquake.  The impact on people could be even more severe and last longer.

A recent article in the New York Times makes that point:

“In Seattle, which has been bracing for a long-overdue and potentially devastating earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific Coast, officials said Houston has underscored what they have been trying to instill into residents, police and fire agencies and hospitals: assume that nothing will work, from communications systems to roads and electricity grids.”

“They need to have themselves ready to be on their own, just like an awful lot of folks are stranded and on their own down in Texas,” said Barb Graff, Seattle’s emergency management director.”

You and your neighbors can deal with being on your own if you prepare before the disaster.  Seattle provides information and support at the Emergency Management site.

A couple years ago an article in the New Yorker magazine about the Big One motivated some people to work on their preparedness.  Let the recent hurricane disasters be your motivation to start getting prepared.  Prepare yourself, and work with your neighbors to prepare.

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