A disaster such as a major earthquake would severely impact all of us — no electricity, water, gas, phones. There may be injuries and damage to roads and buildings.  When we are prepared to respond to a disaster we can greatly reduce its adverse effects.  There are resources to help us prepare at the family, neighbor and community levels.   The City of Seattle provides information and how-to guides to help you prepare to respond to a disaster.

For detailed information on how you, you and your neighbors and our community can prepare visit Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP).  This site has how-to guides to getting prepared, and links to resources at other sites.

A video of how to organize disaster response teams on your block is available at SDART – SNAP Video.  The video was made for the prior Seattle disaster preparedness program called SDART, but except for the name of  the program and some terminology changes the response team process is the same in the SNAP program.

The Broadview Prepares  Group is working to improve preparedness in Broadview.  A major element of that preparedness is to develop one or more Emergency Communication Hubs.  A video about hubs prepared by Scouts fom the Queen Anne neighborhood is available online.  The Broadview Preparedness Group has also created a display promoting preparedness in Broadview.

A presentation on community preparedness given at the March 15, 2011 Broadview Community Council is available here BROADVIEW DISASTER PLANNING