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Are You Ready For The Next Disaster?

July 25, 2007

For more information contact: 

I. David Daniels, Fire Chief 425-430-7051
Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director 425-430-7027
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

August 8-10 Participate in “Ready In Renton” to See How Well-prepared You Are

RENTON:  Many Renton residents got a sense of how prepared or unprepared they were for disaster during the December windstorm last year. Now the City of Renton is looking for a way to quantify residents’ level of preparedness. City employees have already been out in the community collecting preparedness survey information from the neighborhoods at their annual picnics. The same survey is on the Web at rentonwa.gov and can be accessed by following the links for “Ready in Renton.”

The “Ready in Renton” campaign challenges individuals and households to test their disaster preparedness, August 8 -10 in three areas: power, provisions, and shelter. Participants may choose to test one or all three areas of their personal preparedness plans by doing one or more of the following things:

  • Turn off their power and try living without it
  • Live off only the provisions in their emergency kit
  • Camp out instead of staying in the usual comfort of their own home

Residents may participate for just one day or take the challenge for all three days. At the end of the three days, they will face the moment of truth. Were they as well prepared as they thought they were?

“I am proud of our city’s continuing investment in programs that help keep our residents and community safe,” said Mayor Kathy Keolker. “The ‘Ready in Renton’ campaign will help us better understand our residents and their needs with respect to disaster preparedness.”

“This is a unique program and, as far as I know, nobody else is doing this anywhere,“ said Fire Chief I. David Daniels. “We hope that it will give people the little extra push to think about what they need to do to get really prepared.”

“Emergency responders can’t immediately get to everyone who needs help right after a disaster,” said Deborah Needham, the city’s Emergency Management Director. "The best way for community members to help in a disaster is to be personally prepared for at least 72 hours on their own. This allows rescuers to focus on helping those who can’t help themselves.”

If you have questions about the campaign or want to learn more about emergency preparedness, please call Renton’s Office of Emergency Management at 425-430-7027 or email dneedham@ci.renton.wa.us. To register and participate in “Ready in Renton” visit rentonwa.gov.