City urges citizens to be ready for emergencies


National Preparedness MonthSeptember is National Preparedness Month and the City of Mountlake Terrace is urging citizens to prepare and get ready for emergencies.

Earthquakes, snow and windstorms are common in our area and can happen at any time. Be prepared to take care of yourself, your family, and your pets for several days in case the city is unable to help you right away. The city has information and links on our website to help you prepare for a variety of emergencies. Go to, “For Residents” and click on Emergency Preparedness.

Some disasters may require a significant response beyond what the city can normally supply. 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.

Do you have supplies to last at least three days? Do you have a plan with your family and neighbors? If not, take the time now to get prepared. If you are already prepared, it’s time to review your plans and check your supplies. Make a kit with your emergency supplies, one for home and one for the car. The next time you go shopping, pick up some extra bottled water, canned food and batteries. Don’t forget about prescription medications, diapers, and personal hygiene items.

Mountlake Terrace residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for up-to-date emergency notifications through an emergency management alert system. Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, in coordination with the county’s 911 Call Centers including SNOCOM Dispatch Center, opened public enrollment in the county’s MyStateUSA Alert Sense System in 2011.

The city and other emergency response providers use the alert system to warn people quickly when hazardous weather or other emergencies may affect the local area. Residents and businesses may elect to receive alerts by e-mail or text message. The alert system allows individuals without landline phone service to link their address and cell phone to receive notifications affecting their registered location. Emergency information is simultaneously posted on the website when an alert is issued. Those enrolled can receive a text message or email when they are away from home.

You can sign up for the MyStateUSA Alert Sense System here.




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