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City Launches Ready in Renton Emergency Preparedness Campaign

September 1, 2010

Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director 425-430-7027
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Get Ready and Get Connected

RENTON:   Mayor Denis Law kicks off Renton’s “Ready in Renton” emergency preparedness campaign with a proclamation urging Renton residents and businesses to take action now to be prepared.

“We can’t prevent disasters, but we can take time now to get ready,” said Mayor Law. “In the event of a disaster we could be without basic resources for days and emergency responders cannot be everywhere to help. Being prepared for a disaster is a shared responsibility and Ready in Renton provides an important opportunity for all Renton residents and businesses to plan now to protect family members, homes, businesses and neighbors.”

The campaign serves as a reminder that our region is subject to unexpected outside forces such as earthquakes or weather storms.  During the winter storms in recent years, several families were without power and basic supplies for days. The families and businesses with emergency preparedness plans and supplies fared far better than those who were not prepared.

This year’s theme –“Get Ready and Get Connected” highlights the steps people can take to prepare for disasters and helps identify ways that city residents can get connected to receive vital information before, during, and after an emergency. 

“Getting the right information at the right time can literally save your life”, said Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director. “Take the time now to learn your information sources, and take steps now to get ready. During a disaster it’s too late to prepare.”

Highlights of the Ready in Renton Initiative include the following:

Targeted Education and Outreach

New this year is targeted outreach to Renton’s Non-English speaking communities. Earlier this year, the city reached out and made connections with liaisons from various community groups.  With their help, the city has provided preparedness workshop to various Non-English speaking communities in Renton. The city is also working with the liaisons to translate a disaster preparedness video into multiple languages and make these available.

Other education and outreach efforts include:

  • Special edition of the city’s newsletter focusing on disaster preparedness
  • Disaster Preparedness Month on the city’s cable access channel 21 – a variety of video programs that provide tips on preparedness
  • Information and videos on the city’s website on disaster preparedness
  • Renton Emergency Preparedness Academy is offering a host of new classes starting this fall
  • Fire Station Open Houses will be held September 11 from noon to 4:00 p.m. to provide an opportunity for citizens to tour, visit with firefighters, and learn how to prepare for an emergency
    • Fire Station 11 – 211 Mill Ave S
    • Fire Station 12 – 1209 Kirkland Ave NE
    • Fire Station 13 – 18002 108th Ave SE
    • Fire Station 16 – 12923 156th Ave SE
    • Fire Station 17 – 14810 SE Petrovitsky Rd.

Get Ready

Key Messages of the campaign that promote simple steps that residents can take to be better prepared include:

Make a Plan

  • Know how to safely evacuate your home and neighborhood if needed
  • Establish an Out-of-Area Contact to serve as a message board for family members
  • Find out how you will get information in an emergency

Build a Kit

  • Three days of non-perishable food
  • One gallon of water per person per day
  • Flashlight, whistle, first aid kit, medications and a battery operated radio.

Get Involved, Volunteer! 

  • Train in advance to join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Become an amateur radio operator with the Renton Emergency Communication Service
  • Check the Renton Emergency Preparedness Academy (REPA) class schedule for more!

Get Connected

In addition, one of the key initiatives of this year’s campaign is to direct people to get connected and get information. Residents and businesses can sign up for the resources mentioned below at rentonwa.gov.

  • CodeRED Emergency Notification System gives the City of Renton the ability to make emergency telephone calls to provide information to targeted areas or the entire city. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up to and also register their Renton-based business, cellular phone or TDD/TTY phone.
  • Renton E-mail Alert service subscribers can receive city-wide emergency alerts, and email notifications, e-newsletters, and text messages on topics of interest.  Sign-up at rentonwa.gov
  • Critical Emergency Information Page on rentonwa.gov provides the latest emergency information.
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS) will interrupt radio or TV programs with critical information in case of a nationwide emergency.  EAS warnings can be automatically received as a text message, page, or email by signing up at www.emergencyemail.org.
  • NOAA Weather Radio is a valuable piece of equipment that can warn households of an impending weather related emergency or another kind of crisis and can be found at local stores and online.

Residents and Businesses near the Green and Cedar Rivers Encouraged to Prepare for Winter Weather

The city encourages businesses and residents on or near the Green and Cedar rivers to continue to prepare for the upcoming winter/flood season. Thanks to the successful efforts of Mayor Denis Law and other regional leaders, the region will receive $44 million from the federal government to implement interim repairs to the Howard Hanson Dam. This will reduce the risk of flooding from a 1 in 25 chance to a 1 in 60 chance.  Despite this good news all valley communities are encouraged to make sure they have flood insurance, and develop an emergency plan.

If you have questions about the Ready in Renton campaign or want to learn more about emergency preparedness, please call the city of Renton’s Office of Emergency Management at 425-430-7000 or email dneedham@rentonwa.gov.