In response to the major earthquake in Japan in early March, Lake Stevens Fire encourages the community to learn how they can prepare themselves in the event of an earthquake here.
Fire Chief Dave Lingenfelter comments, “In the event of an earthquake public safety agencies will face the monumental task of responding to an overwhelming number of requests for assistance, with limited available resources and personnel. Disaster planning is the best way to assure the safety and well being of families during a catastrophic event.”
Disaster supply kits should have at least a three day supply of food and water for each member of their family, including pets. Just as important as putting your kit together is maintaining them so they are safe to use when needed.
In the event of an earthquake, Public Educator Alison Caton reminds our community, “Drop, Cover and Hold is the phrase to remember!”
Drop and cover under a desk or sturdy table. Stay away from windows and objects like bookcases that can fall. Hold on to the desk or table; and if it moves, move with it.
If you are in a wheelchair, stay in your chair and move to a safe cover if possible, lock your wheels and protect your head with your arms. Be aware that aftershocks may occur after the earthquake.
To learn more about how you can prepare, visit Washington’s Emergency Management website at www.emd.wa.gov or visit the Lake Stevens Fire website at www.lsfire.org/Publications/Brochures
for additional information on earthquake preparedness.