City recommends residents plan ahead for emergencies

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City-of-MLT-logoThe City of Mountlake Terrace reminds residents that it is important for them to take time to prepare for potential emergencies as winter approaches.

Snow and windstorms, floods, earthquakes, fire, extended power outages and influenza outbreaks are emergencies that the region has experienced and they can happen again at anytime. Citizens should prepare to take care of themselves, their family, and pets for several days in case the City is unable to help right away.

The City prepares for emergencies by working together with the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency (ESCA), Fire District 1 and other agencies to develop preparedness, mitigation and recovery plans. Some disasters may require a significant response beyond what the City can normally supply. A coordinated response from many jurisdictions, including local, regional, state and federal agencies can be required to protect public health, life, and property.

Residents should prepare to be self-sufficient for at least three days following a natural disaster or other emergency. For residents that have already prepared, this is a good time to review plans with the family and check contact information and emergency kits. It’s also important to practice for emergencies.

Emergency kits should contain a variety of items such as bottled water, canned food, batteries, prescription medications, and personal hygiene items. For a complete list of supplies visit the city’s website. Residents should have a kit for their emergency supplies, one for home and one for the car.

The city provides information and links on its website to help you prepare for a variety of emergencies. Go to www.cityofmlt.com, “For Residents” and click on Emergency Preparedness.

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