Summertime Natural Disasters
While Edmonds, WA doesn’t experience many ‘natural disasters’ it is important to know what kinds of disasters could be coming, especially in Summertime which is peak season for wildfires and hurricanes nationwide. The National Disaster Education Coalition states every person, no matter where they live, should learn what disasters could impact their area (natural and man-made), make an emergency disaster plan, create a list of emergency contacts, make sure they are properly insured and have a pre-made disaster kit.
Summertime Natural Disasters: Wildfires
In 2018 Washington State declared a state of emergency on July 31st because of the spread of wildfires. Washington experienced an all-time record of wildfires in 2018, with smoke clouding much of the state and producing 1,850 fires.
Summertime Natural Disasters: Hurricanes
2018 produced 15 named storms, 8 which were hurricanes and two which were classified as major; Florence and Michael. Hurricanes develop because of six major factors which include ocean water temperatures, distance from equator, lapse rate, low vertical wind shear, high relative humidity and sometimes a ‘tropical wave’.
The national hurricane center encourages residents to invest in emergency supplies before a disaster hits to save you money as products are still readily available and not as in high of demand.
For all emergencies it is important to remember the following;
- The safest rooms in your home
- Know the escape routes out of your home, city, county and state
- Appoint a person to be single point of contact that everyone can call in the event of an emergency. This person should not live in the same state as you.
- Know what you are going to do with your pets in the event of a disaster
- Post emergency numbers near home phones and teach your children how to call 911
- CPR and first aid
- Preparing now will save you money, heartache and stress should the unthinkable happen.