Community Emergency Response Team
Clark County CERT is a county coalition where Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department pool their resources to train citizens of all ages and backgrounds, such as students, stay-at-home moms, engineers and seniors, to assist in their neighborhood in the event of a disaster. Click the link to learn more.
Are you ready?
In 1962, the Columbus Day storm brought 90-plus m.p.h. winds and caused $200 million in damages to Vancouver. In 2008, a tornado touched down near Vancouver Lake, cutting power to more than 125,000 homes. Are you and your family ready for a disaster that could knock out electricity, water, phones and roads for several days or weeks? If a major earthquake or flood hit our community today, would you be able to survive? By anyone’s assessment, most of us are not ready.
No community will ever have enough firefighters, medics, police, public works and community health workers to fully address a catastrophic disaster. The answer is advance planning and family preparedness.
Every family should Build a Kit, Make A Plan and Be Informed. Involve all family members in disaster planning. Set a deadline for completion and make it a priority. Go to www.ready.gov and get started.
Map Your Neighborhood. You, your family and your neighbors can thrive in the face of disaster if you take the time to prepare now. Learn more at mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division/preparedness/map-your-neighborhood/
Make a Plan
- Prepare your family by making an emergency plan.
- Download the Family Emergency Plan at www.ready.gov, and fill it out.
- Plan for the care of pets and family members who need help. Learn how to shut off your utilities.
- Learn the school, workplace and daycare emergency plan.
- Gather family members and discuss the plan. Establish a meeting place. Practice your plan twice a year.
- Identify an out-of-area contact for your family.
What is in a three-day disaster kit?
- Water - 3 gallons (or more) per family member
- Non-perishable food to last the family at 3 or more days
- Radio with spare batteries or hand crank powered
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Flashlight with spare batteries
- First aid kit
- Dust masks
- Moist towelettes & toilet paper & other sanitary needs
- Plastic garbage bags
- Tools to turn off utilities
- Bleach – unscented ordinary
- Matches/lighter in water tight container
- Spare change of clean clothing
- Dry blankets
- Storage containers
- Disposable eating & drinking utensils
- Local map
- Pet food & supplies
- Whistle to call for help
- Don’t forget your medications
If you can't afford to gather all of the items you need at one time, print the following list and work toward it each week.
be_ready_-_shopping_list.pdf (272 KB)