Jefferson County is particularly susceptible to hazards that could severely affect our community. The Jefferson County Emergency Preparation Handbook provides us with an excellent way to prepare ourselves, our families and our communities for such dangers. The time to prepare for catastrophic events is now!

Consider our location on the Olympic Peninsula, which is:

■ Riddled with geological fault lines that regularly generate earthquakes;

■ Exposed to storms that strike with great force;

■ Covered in vast forests that are vulnerable to wildfire;

■ Located at the gateway of shipping lines transporting shipments to and from some of the largest ports in North America ;

■ Accessible by only two roadways that are vulnerable to earthquake, landslide and blockage from various hazards and yet are essential for the transport of food, supplies and support services to our communities.


Preparing your family in advance of an emergency or natural disaster is a sensible thing to do.


The Jefferson County Emergency Preparation Handbook contains information to help you, your family and your immediate neighborhood prepare for an emergency—one in which you may have to be self sufficient for a significant period of time. Find the Jefferson County Emergency Preparation Handbook here:


In the event of a widespread catastrophic event, such as a large earthquake, state and federal aid will take some time - perhaps as long as a month to six weeks - to respond to our area due to the high density populations located nearby that would also be affected. Essentially - we’re on our own.


The handbook published by Jefferson County provides us with basic information about:


■ Individual and household preparedness to shelter-in-place;

■ Recommended food and water stores;

■ Developing and stocking Evacuation, Grab & Go Kits;

■ Neighborhood preparedness;

■ Disaster-specific preparedness;

■ Boat and water safety, and more.


Disasters that strike people just like us are well known - the Nisqually earthquake, the recent Camp Fire in California, the forest fires across eastern Washington and British Columbia that bedevil us in summer, the spring floods from snowmelt are just a few among many. The time to begin preparing for these kinds of extreme challenges is now. The County booklet provides us a great place to start.


Find the Jefferson County Emergency Preparation Handbook here:



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