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Health & Safety
The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act.
Prepare now for a sudden emergency.
Take time as a family to prepare yourselves in the following areas:
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SBOA Emergency Preparedness Captain

The goal of our Neighborhood Captains position is to act as a neighborhood representative/resource to disaster preparedness functions, primarily to enhance communication about disaster preparedness, and most especially in the case of an actual disaster or environmental event such as a well outage.

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Updates to our Disaster Planning Tools


72 hour prep kit (click to open)

72 hour food and evac kit (click to open)

Did you know that Whidbey sits on along a serious fault line – the Cascadia Fault?  There are also several smaller fault lines on our island. More importantly is that research on the Cascadia Fault and earthquakes show that a major earthquake has occurred along this fault line every 300 years.  It has been 319 years since the last one.  It is important that we be prepared.  Predictors say not to think about “IF”,  think “WHEN”.  The place to start is with a survival kit.  The two links we have here are for 72 hours of water, food and other essentials.  This is just a start.  Current thought is that you should be ready at home with supplies for 1 month.  Think roads unpassable, no deliveries available, and no communication by phone, etc.  What will you do?


You also need to know that ALL of our support, supplies and power on the Island come into us via the Deception Pass bridge (and some by ferry).  Please note that even a weaker quake can shut down the bridge until engineers can verify it is safe for traffic.  Estimates include 3- 6 weeks before use could be restored, barring that it is totally unusable.  Whidbey Island is not a major population center for higher priority assistance.


 Please check out the Island County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) Website at:

https://www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM  for up to date information and planning tools – even an AP for that!


Island County DEM now has a mobile phone app that will provide valuable tools for Island County Citizens to prepare for emergencies and disasters.

To download go to: http://readydl.com/island-county




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