Be Prepared: Before a Disaster

Produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Experts agree that Seattle faces a real risk of a devastating earthquake striking off of our Pacific Coast and/or along the Seattle Fault, which runs through downtown Seattle. The Juan de Fuca is the only significant fault line along the Ring of Fire that has not experienced a major earthquake in the last fifty years. When this earthquake occurs, MIQA will be especially vulnerable:

  • A major earthquake will isolate our neighborhood
    • Magnolia is accessible only via three bridges, each of which could suffer extensive damage in an earthquake and could be rendered unusable
    • Interbay is very susceptible to liquefaction and even a tsunami
    • Queen Anne has potential slide areas.
  • Our steep hills hinder mobility and access
  • We have no neighborhood hospital, but do have a Fire Station in Magnolia and Queen Anne with Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  There are several medical clinics in Magnolia and Queen Anne.
  • 911, City, Fire and medical services will not be available to provide aid, as they have other predefined obligations.

We could lose access to communication, food and water, everyday business transactions, and other necessities that we now take for granted. Electrical, natural gas, water, and sanitary services may be interrupted for a week--or longer.

MIQA residents and businesses must be self-sufficient in disaster response--which requires being prepared.

  • Make a plan.
  • Build a kit.
  • Help each other: "Plan with neighbors for mutual help"

Youth Service Being Prepared!

Produced by the Seattle Red Cross

The Preparedness Pyramid

Levels of Preparation Triangle

The Preparedness Pyramid illustrates that each level of preparedness builds on those below it. Personal and family preparedness depends solely on your own effort. A local neighborhood cannot be prepared without the preparation of its residents; similarly, a district cannot be prepared without the effort of its constituent neighborhoods. Finally, the preparedness of a city is the result of a combined effort from each of its districts. Seattle, MIQA, and your own local neighborood can be prepared, but they all are relying on you.

  • You and Your family
  • you and your neighbors
  • you and your community
  • you and your business
  • build a disaster kit

Store enough supplies for at least 3 days for each person and pet:

Download a detailed family disaster plan.

Did you know?

Text messaging is the best way to communicate during a widespread emergency. Phone calls require
a direct connection while text messages travel in “bursts” that can be transmitted as bandwidth is available.