Resources abound to get you, your family and home ready for a major earthquake.
• You should have two weeks of food and water stored, along with a way to stay warm.
• Identify large furniture that may tip over in a quake and secure it.
• Make sure your water heater is fastened to the wall and has flexible gas and water connectors.
• If you live in an older home, consider securing your foundation.
• Know how to shut off your natural gas valves.
These simple tasks could mean life or death during and after a major earthquake. Visit the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management website for a guide on gathering supplies, creating a communication plan, preparing your pets, keeping important documents on hand, maintaining light and heat, and preventing natural gas fires.
Where to learn more
• More about quakes in the region (Snohomish County Hazard Mitigation Planning)
• Personal and neighborhood disaster preparedness (Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management)
• Real-time event monitoring (Pacific Northwest Seismic Network)
• Before, during and after earthquakes (Ready.gov)
• Earthquakes overview and resources (U.S. Geological Survey)