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Why Should I Prepare?

Prepare in a Year

Family Disaster Plan

72 Hour Kit




Hazardous Materials

Hazard Risks

Shelter in Place


Water Purification


Winter Storms

Why Should I Prepare for an Emergency?

Whatcom County and its residents are subject to nearly every hazard in existence, including floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, winter storms, HAZMAT incidents, and power outages. Emergency services and government agencies may not be able to respond immediately to your needs. History has shown time and again that people who prepare experience less disruption when emergencies occur, and are able to resume their lives more quickly than those who do not prepare.

Preparing for emergencies takes only a few hours a year.  Being prepared can save your life, minimize damage to your property, and help you recover more quickly following an emergency.

What You Can Do

Additional Resources



Prepare because you care.