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Emergency preparedness for a manmade or natural disaster should be every citizens responsibility given the geography and climate of the Pacific Northwest. We are all familiar with annual floods, forest fires, and the rare volcano plus the possibility of a Cascadia level earthquake. However, given the expansion of technology, the fragileness of our communications and power systems, means every citizen needs to be prepared to survive, or get-through, an extended power outage. Keep in mind, if you are out of power then so are the emergency services in a city or county. Likewise, the fuel station, grocery store and cellular towers will likely be without power too. Most EMS professionals are now suggesting a family should be prepared to last a week or more on their own, and I would suggest 3-4 weeks is a good planning factor. On this page, I will try to post articles, documents and links that can help you prepare for an extended hazard such as a month-long power outage. And will try to keep updated links to other sources, and even how to volunteer to help others prepare or in an emergency.
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