Emergency Preparedness: Tips for building your emergency supplies kit

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days.

Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. An emergency supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

We’ve compiled a list of the most important items to help you get started on building your own kit!

Basic Needs

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Manual can opener
  • Mess kit
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Flashlight (one per person is best)
  • Hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Toilet paper and tissues
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above)
  • Soap and hand sanitizer
  • Cleaning supplies and disinfectants
  • First aid kit
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers
  • Extra cash
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Garbage bags
  • Extra clothes and sturdy shoes
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Cell phone with chargers and backup battery
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Copies of personal documents (i.e. ID/passport)
  • Map(s) of the area

Items Based on Your Needs:

  • Prescription medications
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Two-way radios
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, or other activities

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days should my kit last?
Three days is a good starting point. Once you have a three days’ supply, try to build up to a full week.

How should I store my kit?
Store items in airtight plastic bags and place in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins. Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.

Where should I store my kit?
Since you don’t know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars. Kits designed for sudden events, like earthquakes, should be placed in the area you’d go in case of such an emergency. If your home is at risk of flooding, store your kit on a high shelf. For other emergencies, just keep it in an easily accessible spot. If possible, store your kit in a climate-controlled environment.

 

 

2023 Moon Phases Calendar

2023 Moon Phases Calendar

Happy New Year!

Our annual lunar calendar has become a favorite Anchor tradition, and a nice reminder to look up into the night sky every once in a while. We hope that 2023 brings you many beautiful moments gazing up at the moon.

Holiday Giving

Holiday Giving

As the holidays approach we look forward to spending time with our families and thinking of ways that we can support our local communities. There are many wonderful organizations to give to this time of year, here are a few:

 

Phinney Neighborhood Association:
Phinney Neighborhood Association has partnered with organizations in NW Seattle for a virtual gift tag program. Sign up on their website to purchase a specific gift or gift card for a NW Seattle neighbor.

Treehouse in Rainier Valley:
Treehouse in Rainier Valley supports youth experiencing foster care. You can donate clothing using its Amazon Holiday Wish List. You can also host an online drive to collect gifts for teens, new clothes, toys, shoes and accessories.

Wellspring Family Services:
Wellspring Family Services in Rainier Valley supports families facing homelessness. You can donate items to families from their online wish lists by visiting their Giving Together 2022 Campaign website.

YouthCare:
YouthCare in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood accepts monetary donations for homeless teens. The organization has an urgent need for survival items for teens experiencing homelessness, and you can order them directly from YouthCare’s Amazon Wish List.

Mary’s Place:
Mary’s Place is an organization serving families experiencing homelessness across Seattle. Mary’s Place operates a holiday giving program and is requesting gift cards for teens and parents or a specific gift for a child from their kids’ holiday gift list.

Halloween & Fall Festivals Happening This Season

Halloween & Fall Festivals Happening This Season

Welcome to fall in the PNW! Here are some fun Halloween/fall festivals to get you out and about this season. Enjoy!

 

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
Where: Leavenworth
Dates: October 14th | 4:00pm – 12:00am, October 15th | 12:00pm – 12:00am
Need To Know: Enjoy tasty beers, fun activities, lively music and mountain views for days!

 

Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat & Food Drive
Where: Phinney-Greenwood Neighborhood
Date: October 29th | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Need To Know: The PNA Group is collaborating with FamilyWorks to collect healthy, non-perishable items while your kiddos trick or treat at local businesses.

 

Harvest Festival
Where: Pike Place Market
Date: October 29th | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Need To Know: Meet the producers, enjoy live music and giant pumpkin carving, watch demos, see what’s in season, and more!

 

MoPOP Halloween Party & Costume Contest
Where: Museum of Pop Culture
Date: October 29th | 8:00pm – 12:00am
Need To Know: Dancing, an escape room, a horror exhibition, and a costume contest!
Get your tickets at mopop.org

 

 

 

John’s Camping Picks | No Reservations Required!

John’s Camping Picks | No Reservations Required!

Glacier View Campground
Where: Lake Wenatchee
Dates: April – October
Need To Know: Located on the south shore of Lake Wenatchee. This campground offers 23 standard non-electric sites, 16 of which are a short walk from the parking area and all of which are first-come, first-served.

 

Owhi Campground
Where: Cooper Lake, Cle Elum
Dates: June – October
Need To Know: This walk-in campground on Cooper Lake offers 22 tent-only sites and is only a short walk from the parking lot.

 

Obstruction Pass
Where: Orcas Island
Dates: Open Year Round
Need To Know: Follow the half-mile trail through a low forest to the bluff and down to the beach. Don’t forget to snag one of nine first-come, first-served campsites near the south end of the park.

 

Second Beach
Where: Olympic Peninsula
Dates: Open Year Round
Need To Know: A short hike of 0.7 miles one way to the beach. A few forested sites are available but mostly beach camping. Camping space can be scarce in summer!

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