Are YOU prepared for disaster?


Adapted from the City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management website

The Seattle area is likely to experience a moderate to major disaster in the near future. While it is difficult to predict when disasters will happen, the consequences of disasters are predictable. Efforts to prepare yourself, your family, your workplace and your neighborhood will go a long way in improving the response and recovery of our community.

When disaster such as a major earthquake strikes, the City will not have enough resources to help everyone who needs help. Preparing in advance and organizing to take care of each other will help the City utilize its resources to help the most people as soon as possible.

Disaster preparedness has two stages: Personal household and home preparedness are the foundation of a preparedness plan. The next step is the neighborhood preparedness plan.


Start planning now to take care of yourself and your family for at least three days. Know that after a major catastrophe, it may take more than three days to open a shelter in your area, restore basic city services such as electricity, natural gas and water, or re-open streets and bridges. Every household needs to have a Family Disaster Plan, build a Supply Kit, and set up an Out-of-Area Contact.

Create a Family Disaster Plan and Family Disaster Supplies Kit

Prepare Your Home for an Earthquake

Car Kit

Prepare Your Family

Make Preparations for Your Pets

Overwhelmed?  Small Steps to Better Preparedness can help you get started (choose five!).


Preparing for and responding to disaster begins with preparing yourself and your family, but there are limits to what an individual or family can do. When a large disaster strikes and City first responders are overwhelmed, the first people you will turn to for help will be your neighbors. Building good relationships with your neighbors is the best way to extend your personal safety net.

The City of Seattle has created the Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) program to enable people to get prepared both at the personal and at the neighborhood levels. An online toolkit is available to help us prepare for the time when the City is unable to respond to our critical needs. SNAP is a simple and flexible process designed to help neighborhoods create plans that are specific to the neighborhood needs. We can help each other become prepared by organizing together.

For more information go here.  The City’s Office of Emergency Management is offering free SNAP classes in various neighborhood libraries to help people get started organizing as a community, as well as classes in Earthquake Home Retrofit and Basic and Disaster First Aid.  If you are interested in working with us to bring SNAP training to Ballard, let us know.

For more information about the SNAP program, call 206-233-5076 or email