It’s National Disaster Preparedness Month, and city has resources to help

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City-of-MLT-logoSnow, windstorms, floods, earthquakes, fire and extended power outages are among the emergencies that the Puget Sound area has experienced and they can happen at any time. As we head into fall and winter, it is important to take time to prepare for potential emergencies, and the City of Mountlake Terrace has resources to assist you.

People should prepare to take care of themselves, their family and pets for several days in case the city is unable to help right away. For those who are already prepared, it is time to review plans and check supplies.

Make a kit with emergency supplies, one for home and one for the car. Check out the city’s website and get started on your emergency plan now.

In 2011, the City of Mountlake Terrace was awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to construct and equip an Emergency Operations Center.

The city’s Emergency Operations Center is used to coordinate response and recovery efforts during times of local disaster, assessing threats to life and property, coordinating fire, police and EMS resources, maintaining communications and informing state and surrounding jurisdictions of the local disaster situation.

In times when a larger scale response is necessary, the Emergency Operations Center works with regional disaster response organizations, which includes other local communities and the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.

Everyone should have a plan for his or her family and neighbors. Take the time now to get prepared. For more information, go to www.cityofmlt.com, “Services” and click on Emergency Preparedness under Emergency and Public Safety.

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