Public Health Preparedness
Family Disaster Preparedness  

Natural disasters and local emergencies come in many forms, such as floods, earthquakes, or disease outbreaks. They can range from being an inconvenience (having no power for one hour) to life-threatening (having your home surrounded by flood waters). 

High Risk Populations

Some groups of people are less likely than others to be ready for a disaster. Those who are often less prepared include residents who:

  • Do not have supplies that may be needed in a disaster. 
  • Have unique medical needs or special health conditions. 

Families with children are considered a high risk population which means they are more likely to experience hardship, even disability and death, from a disaster when compared to others. 

Basic Supplies for Families

Being ready for a disaster does not have to be expensive or time consuming. There are lower cost things that you can do to be more prepared. Because emergencies do happen in Thurston County, taking a few precautions is a good idea. 

Needs of Children

Families with young children can be better prepared by setting aside a three-day supply of the following:

  • Medicine or medical supplies that cannot wait. Pharmacies and stores may be closed for a long time or out of the things you need.
  • Extra food that does not need to go in the refrigerator. This could mean formula, baby food, powdered milk, snacks, canned foods, or cereal.  The power could be out for days.
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This page last updated: 07/02/21