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!
John’s Summer Concert Picks

John’s Summer Concert Picks

Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown
When: Saturday, July 2, 2022 | 6pm
Where: Chateau Ste Michelle Winery
Tickets

 

Fleet Foxes, Shore Tour with Tim Bernardes
When: Friday, July 15, 2022 | 7pm
Where: Marymoor Park
Tickets

 

The Dusty 45s
When: Saturday, July 23, 2022 | 9pm
Where: Little Red Hen
Tickets

 

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
When: Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 5:30pm
Where: Woodland Park Zoo
Tickets

 

Leon Bridges
When: Tuesday, August 30 & Wednesday, August 31, 2022 | 7pm
Where: Marymoor Park
Tickets

 

Ziggy Marley: A Live Tribute to His Father
When: Friday, September 9, 2022 | 7pm
Where: Chateau Ste Michelle Winery
Tickets

 

 

 

Local Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Markets

Ballard Farmers Market
When: Year-round | Sundays
Hours: 9am – 2pm
Where: 5345 Ballard Ave NW | Seattle

Bellevue Farmers Market
When: May – October | Thursdays
Hours: 3pm – 7pm
Where: 1717 Bellevue Way NE | Bellevue

Burien Farmers Market
When: Year-round | Thursdays
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Where: 427 SW 152nd St | Burien

Capitol Hill Farmers Market
When: Year-round | Sundays
Hours: 11am – 3pm
Where: E Barbara Bailey Way | Seattle

Columbia City Farmers Market
When: May – October | Wednesdays
Hours: 3pm – 7pm
Where: 37th Ave S & S Edmunds St | Seattle

Issaquah Farmers Market
When: May – September | Saturdays
Hours: 9am – 2pm
Where: 1730 10th Ave NW | Issaquah

Kirkland Wednesday Market
When: June – September | Wednesdays
Hours: 2pm – 7pm
Where: 25 Lakeshore Plaza | Kirkland

Magnolia Farmers Market
When: June – October | Saturdays
Hours: 10am – 2pm
Where: W McGraw St, 33rd Ave W | Seattle

Mercer Island Farmers Market
When: June – September | Sundays
Hours: 10am – 3pm
Where: 7700 SE 32nd St | Mercer Island

Phinney Farmers Market
When: June – September | Fridays
Hours: 3pm – 7pm
Where: 6761 Phinney Ave N | Seattle

Queen Anne Farmers Market
When: June – October | Thursdays
Hours: 3pm – 7:30pm
Where: Queen Anne Ave N & W Crockett St | Seattle

Redmond Saturday Market
When: May – October | Saturdays
Hours: 9am – 2pm
Where: 9900 Willows Rd NE | Redmond

Sammamish Farmers Market
When: May – September | Wednesdays
Hours: 4pm – 8pm
Where: 801 228th Ave SE | Sammamish

South Lake Union Saturday Market
When: May – September | Saturdays
Hours: 11am – 4pm
Where: 139 9th Ave N | Seattle

Tukwila Village Farmers Market
When: June – October | Wednesdays
Hours: 4pm – 7pm
Where: 14350 Tukwila International Blvd | Tukwila

University District Farmers Market
When: Year-round | Saturdays
Hours: 9am – 2pm
Where: 5031 University Way NE | Seattle

Wallingford Farmers Market
When: May – September | Wednesdays
Hours: 3pm – 7pm
Where: 4800 Meridian Ave N | Seattle

West Seattle Farmers Market
When: Year-round | Sundays
Hours: 10am – 2pm
Where: Cnr SW Alaska St & California Ave SW | Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Big Brothers Big Sisters

How to donate: Check out their website to see the variety of donation drop off locations in the Seattle area.

Elizabeth Gregory Home

How to donate: Bring donations to 1604 NE 50th St, Seattle.
Hours: Sunday – Friday 9AM – 4PM

Facing Homelessness

How to donate: Bring donations to 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle.
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 3PM – 5PM | Saturday 12pm – 5pm

Humble Designs

How to donate: Bring donations to 2925 S 112th St, Tukwila.
Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 10AM – 2PM

Mary’s Place

How to donate: Bring donations to 720 Blanchard St, Seattle.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM | Saturday – Sunday 9AM – 1PM

Wellspring Family Services

How to donate: Bring donations to 1900 Rainier Ave S. Seattle.
Hours: Monday – Friday 9AM – 4:30PM

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