Building our Emergency Preparedness kits month by month. Together.
When you live in Seattle you know there is a possibility of an earthquake occurring here. Every time there is a quake in another part of the world our local news reminds us, “That could be us…are we ready?” Speaking for myself, I have some preparation done but not enough and I know I need to do more, so when I met with the Ravenna Bryant Community Assoc (RBCA) Emergency Prep committee chair and others in the community to discuss ways to help encourage personal emergency preparedness, I was enthusiastic. According to FEMA, personal/family prep is paramount in readiness.
We, RBCA and SustainableNESeattle (SusNE) NESeattlePrepares, are introducing a new project (September to May) to help our neighbors and communities in the building of our home emergency preparedness kits called “Task A Month”. This program breaks down the gathering of items for your emergency preparedness kit in month-sized bits. We will post these monthly tasks thru emails and here. PLEASE SHARE WITH OTHERS IN COMMENTS ON THIS PAGE, HOW YOU ARE DOING, WHAT YOU'VE FOUND THAT WORKS, LET US KNOW IF/WHEN YOU GET THIS DONE.
We also hope you will take this idea and try it in your own neighborhood block, at your work or other organizations in which you belong.
Here is the first “Task A Month”
You will need as many containers as will store your gear for your family. Containers can be plastic bins, plastic or metal trash barrels or suitcases. You might plan to put shelter gear into one and power/water/ daily gear into another. Consider finding smaller boxes or bags that you can organize supplies into inside the bigger box. Example: the large plastic bin has a smaller box/bag for toiletries and a different smaller box/bag for first aid.
Sturdy shoes and/or shoes near your bed. (If earthquake and glass has broken/things fallen, shoes are handy). Hat, gloves, rain poncho. Consider bringing in some clothes/shoes to the office and/or your car trunk.
– Consider options that have multiple uses; e.g. Box of large black garbage bags can be converted into rain ponchos as well as coverings for broken windows, and linings for toilet buckets as well as garbage or dry clothing storage.
We will also continue to offer the Map Your Neighborhood program to get your block prepared, and seek individuals that want to be a part of revitalizing our Wedgwood emergency communication HUB. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in either of these activities.
In addition to this project the RBCA will be hosting some emergency prep focused meetings, which you can find out about here http://www.ravennabryant.org.
Thank you for preparing your family for emergencies. It helps us all to be better prepared, and to be prepared to help each other!