Emergency Preparedness Days

Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. If an emergency occurred tomorrow, would you be ready?

September is National Preparedness Month. The YMCA wants to educate and empower people to prepare for, and respond to, all types of emergencies, both large scale and smaller local events.

With support from Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the Y will provide a rotating schedule each Wednesday from 9 am–Noon, presenting Emergency Preparedness information at four branch locations.

  • Marysville YMCA – September 9
  • Monroe YMCA – September 16
  • Mill Creek YMCA – September 23
  • Mukilteo YMCA – September 30

The Red Cross will present an Emergency Preparedness Workshop from 10-10:45 am each scheduled Wednesday. Workshop participants may enter a drawing to win emergency kits. To enter drawing, participants must attend the workshop.

Participating organizations will include emergency responders such as police and fire departments. Be sure to follow The YMCA of Snohomish County (ymcasnoco) on Facebook to receive daily safety tips during the month of September.

Safety Tips

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Safety Tip #1
Worried about “the big one?” Consider installing earthquake valves on your house piping to automatically shut off gas lines in the event of an earthquake.
Safety Tip #2
Tree houses are a great outdoor space for kids, but be sure to avoid building platforms or playhouses in trees with nearby power lines.
Safety Tip #3
Be sure you and your family know what natural gas smells like (rotten eggs!). If you smell gas, leave the area immediately and call 911.
Safety Tip #4
Check smoke alarms monthly and make sure your children know what they sound like. Review a fire exit plan and safe meet-up spot with even your youngest children in case of a fire.
Safety Tip #5
Being prepared includes having the proper supplies you may need in an emergency. Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry kit that you can use at home or transport with you if you need to evacuate.
Safety Tip #6
In the event of a fire, fire experts say you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape your home. Create a fire escape plan and practice as a family.
Safety Tip #7
Should you or your family experience a disaster, the American Red Cross provides a Safe and Well website to let loved ones know you are safe. Register yourself and your family on their website: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing
Safety Tip #8
Know where your home’s circuit panel is and how to turn off your breakers and main switch should you have an electrical issue.
Safety Tip #9
While cooking a family meal can make your home smell and feel warm and cozy, never use an oven to heat your home.
Safety Tip #10
When working outdoors around your home, check for overhead power lines. Remember to keep tall ladders, roofing materials, and pruning equipment clear of power lines to avoid a hazardous situation.
Safety Tip #11
Cat stuck on a power pole or in a tree? Don’t try to rescue them yourself if they are near a power line. Call PSE at 888-225-5773 or 911 for assistance.
Safety Tip #12
Make sure your kids are safe while flying kites, radio-controlled toys, or metallic balloons by keeping them away from power lines. If a kite or balloon drifts near a power line, let it go. Never try to retrieve anything stuck in a power line or a tree near a power line.
Safety Tip #13
Check your furnace filters monthly, and change or clean them regularly to keep your heating and cooling appliances operating safely and efficiently. Once a year, have your furnace inspected to make sure everything is in working order.
Safety Tip #14
Never keep flammable liquid or any combustible material near your furnace, water heater, vent piper or anything that may ignite. Vapors from flammable materials can catch fire or ignite if exposed to a flame or spark.
Safety Tip #15
Being prepared is even easier with the Red Cross. Check out their handy guide to family preparedness: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/preparedness
Safety Tip #16
If it is not safe for you to stay, it is not safe for your pets either. Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency. Prepare a list with phone numbers.
Safety Tip #17
When planting new trees, plant them away from overhead power lines, and never climb trees near power lines, even if the power lines are not touching the trees.
Safety Tip #18
Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bed in case an earthquake strikes in the middle of the night.
Safety Tip #19
In the event of a power outage, never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area to ensure carbon-monoxide does not come indoors.
Safety Tip #20
If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.
Safety Tip #21
Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail.
Safety Tip #22
Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home in the event of severe weather.
Safety Tip #23
If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
Safety Tip #24
Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing during or immediately after a thunder storm.
Safety Tip #25
If you are outside during a thunder storm and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.
Safety Tip #26
Never drive through a flooded roadway. You cannot predict how deep the water may be.
Safety Tip #27
Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
Safety Tip #28
Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
Safety Tip #29
Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
Safety Tip #30
Keep anything that can catch fire—like pot holders, towels, plastic and clothing— away from the stove.
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