Lets Prepare Clark County!
Be Prepared, Not Scared!!
Disasters can happen without warning. In a large scale emergency, firefighters, law enforcement, and other first responders cannot be everywhere that help is needed. For the most part, citizens will be on their own for the first 72 hours of a disaster. There are several things that every person can do to be prepared for this possibility:
Have a plan (download a sample)
With members of your household, discuss the disasters that might affect you.
Out-of-area contact (download a sample)
During a disaster, local telephone circuits may be overwhelmed. If you are separated from your friends or family, you may be unable to contact them for days. But because long distance circuits are often unaffected during a disaster, they can be used to check on your loved ones. By preselecting an out-of-area contact, someone who is out of your local dialing area and at least fifty miles away, you can use them as a message board. By trading messages long distance you can check on the location and safety of your loved ones locally, possibly reuniting with them more quickly.
Basic services and supplies may be interrupted or destroyed in a disaster. Whatever you have stockpiled in advance may be all you have for several days. An emergency kit enables you to get through the first few hours and days following a disaster when you may be completely alone. We recommend that everyone have emergency supplies in their homes, vehicles and at their places of employment as it is impossible to predict where you may be when disaster strikes. At a minimum, your kit should contain the following items for each household member to get through the first few days of a disaster:
- 1 gallon of water per person per day
- Battery operated radio
- Non-perishable foods
- Essential medications
- Blankets and extra clothing
- Heat and light alternatives (non-flame sources)
- Additional items may be included to make your kit more complete.
This program, created by Washington State Emergency Management, encourages street and neighborhood level emergency preparedness. CRESA encourages the use of this curriculum by residents which will assist neighbors in learning how to help each other more effectively.
Related Links for Additional Preparedness Information
- Center for Disease Control
- Washington State Emergency Management
- Washington State EMD Publications and Links
- SW Washington Red Cross
- Languages Other Than English
Remember, if you see something suspicious, please say something. If the suspicious activity is in-progress, or has evidence of a crime please report it to 9-1-1 immediately.
Most incidents of interrupted terrorism are caught by alert people who are aware of their surroundings. Suspicious activity may include probing questions about security or taking pictures. You can report tips directly to the Washington State Fusion Center at this website location: http://nwwarn.org/alertSignup-Fusion.aspx
If you receive a suspicious letter or package:
- Stop. Don’t handle it.
- Isolate it immediately.
- Don’t open, smell, or taste it.
- Activate your emergency plan.
- Notify your manager.
If you suspect the mail or package contains a bomb (explosive), or radiological, biological, or chemical threat:
- Isolate area immediately.
- Call 9-1-1.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
Want to Learn More About CRESA, 9-1-1 or Preparedness?
Are you interested in learning more about what CRESA does, or when to call 9-1-1? How about being prepared for emergencies, not only for yourself but your neighborhood? CRESA can provide a wide variety of ways to help fill your educational needs. Contact us by using the request link below in regards to having a public educator for your event or meeting.