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National Preparedness Month (NPM) was recognized in September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As we have seen, 2020 has been unpredictable and shown all of us that preparedness and planning are vital. 

This year has lived up to the NPM 2020 theme: "Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today." This autumn, make it a priority to plan with your family and your community. Woodinville is fortunate to have strong neighborhoods and homeowners associations. At your next meeting, talk about how to stay safe, and communicate during the disasters.

Remember, your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it is important to plan how you will to get to a safe place, how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in different situations. 

Think about specific situations that affect our area, like windstorms and flooding events. If you are a parent, ensure your children are ready and know what to do when emergencies happen.

Emergency services may not always be able to reach you quickly in a disaster. It is a good idea to plan for three days without electricity, water service, access to a grocery store, or other local services. 

Assemble a disaster supplies kit with a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency, enough to survive on your own for several days. Don't forget to consider each person or pet's unique needs if you have to evacuate quickly. You can find a full list of what to include in your kit at ready.gov.

Stay aware of weather forecasts and warnings, and follow instructions issued by King County Emergency Management. You can also follow us on social media 

@woodinvillefire for updates concerning our district. A little preparation now can make a big difference later.

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