Since 2013, the Pilchuck Foundation’s mission to strengthen and support public safety has included preparing residents for emergencies/disasters. Preparing your self, your home, and your family can make a critical difference. In 2017, the Pilchuck Foundation Board of Directors elected to support and strengthen local efforts under the guidance of the Fire and Police departments, and Snohomish County Department of Emergency Planning.
Why Prepare Now?
It’s no longer a question of ‘if’ the a major Cascadia earthquake happens, but ‘when.’ The State of Washington, Snohomish County, and area city governments (including Granite Falls) are getting prepared to deal with the catastrophic outcome, in addition to being well prepared for other types of emergencies.
Wondering what other kinds of disasters might happen in Granite Falls? The Snohomish County Hazard Mitigation Plan offers this overview of hazard rankings. The top four include earthquakes, severe weather, flooding, and landslides.
BE PREPARED. Both of these handy guides make emergency planning easy!
MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD – NEIGHBORHOOD MAPPING
The Pilchuck Foundation is coordinating the Granite Falls MYN program in cooperation with the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. A MYN meeting is a one-time 90 minute gathering with neighbors to prepare everyone in the event of an emergency. Consider this: If a major earthquake or wildfire or winter storm cut off access to your neighborhood, your immediate source of help is your neighbors. At the meeting, you learn (for example) who has chainsaws they are willing to share, who might have medical experience, who might need a special house check due to disability or age.
Sign up for a neighborhood meeting by contacting us at info@PilchuckFoundation.org. We need your name, street address, and email contact. Ask your neighbors if they are interested. When we have 8 – 10 households in one neighborhood, we’ll set up the meeting.
Click on the links below for more information on preparing for specific types of disasters.
The Granite Falls Fire District #17 has several of these guides in printed form, in addition to other information that can help you and your family prepare. Stop by their lobby at 116 S Granite Avenue during office hours.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES – the following links are a sample of the many suppliers for emergency supplies. We encourage you to shop around, or assemble your own items.
The Pilchuck Foundation Board of Directors has sampled a variety of freeze-dried emergency foods. Our favorites in terms of taste, price, and quantity include Mountain House, Wise, and Augason’s Farms products. You can read about top brands here.