Get Prepared

Neighborhoods should prepare for emergencies and disaster situations. Preparation saves lives, reduces the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduces property damage. Preparing as a neighborhood develops stronger communities and improves the quality of life for all.

Key Considerations

The State of Washington Department of Emergency Management is preparing a new neighborhood program for release in Fall 2021.  Check back for updated information or email KCDEM.  

KCDEM recommends the following:

  • Identify the skills and equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. 
  • Know which neighbors have supplies and skills. This helps your disaster response, and allows everyone to contribute.
  • Create a neighborhood map of natural gas and propane tanks locations.
  • Create a contact list that identifies those with access and functional needs. This could be the elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.
  • Work with neighbors as a team to check your neighborhood after a disaster and take necessary actions.


KCDEM holds public programs on emergency preparedness.  Go to our Request a Speaker page to learn more.  Also, KCDEM holds regular classes on topics of interest to the general public.  See our calendar for details


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