Summertime Natural Disasters
While Edmonds, WA does not experience many ‘natural disasters’ it is important to know what kinds of disasters could be coming regionally and nationwide, especially in summertime which is peak season for wildfires and hurricanes. 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. In 2021, the U.S. experienced 20 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters, putting 2021 in second place for the most disasters in a calendar year, behind the record 22 separate billion-dollar events in 2020.
Summertime Natural Disasters: Wildfires
In 2020 the Western United States experienced a series of major wildfires fueled by winds and hot, dry terrain. More than 10.2 million acres were burnt costing approximately $16.5 billion in property damage.
Summertime Natural Disasters: Hurricanes
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active and the fifth costliest Atlantic hurricane season on record. Of the 30 named storms, 14 developed into hurricanes, and a record-tying seven further intensified into major hurricanes. This caused a great amount of damage, again costing millions of dollars in damage and displaced families.
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 and (unsafe) 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.