Melanie Cole, City of Seattle Outreach & Training Specialist, shares several resources related to her presentation “Disaster Preparedness: The Basics” from our last PAC Lecture.
Personally, found the information very helpful — for example, she reminded me not to get so focused on preparing a “disaster kit” that I never get around to making a communication plan, removing dangers from my home, doing a safety drill or checking me homeowner’s insurance coverage.  She also reminded me of some of the practical, easy things I can do to help prepare myself and my community — from accepting the reality that a large earthquake has the potential to cause catastrophic damage, to creating “neighbor buddies” to help check on others.  We are lucky to live in a city that organizes these kind of events! – Daniel P.
City of Seattle Presentation on Disaster Preparedness
Slides from Monday’s presentation
Alert Seattle (Emergency Alerts – Subscribe!)
The official emergency notification system used by the City of Seattle to communicate with city residents during emergencies.
FEMA Children and Disasters Resources
Includes the “Ready Kids” program (, with games, resources and fact sheets about different types of disasters.
Washington Red Cross Youth Preparedness
Programs for school-age kids such as the “Pillowcase Project”, “A 60-minute long presentation dives deeper into earthquakes, house fires, and creating a communication plan. At the end, students will decorate their own pillowcase which they can use to create a disaster supply kit.”
City of Seattle Upcoming Training Calendar
Free Disaster Skills, Light Search and Rescue, Home Retrofit, etc.
City of Seattle Form to Request Training
Free Basic, Neighborhood, or Workplace Preparedness.

Melanie ColeOutreach & Training Specialist