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i: 2 - Mukilteo Beacon - December 2005 Stretch Your Classified Dolla "Go into and get both twice the I pers coverage. The Mukilteo Beacon & The Edmonds Beacon Have your next group went I rel Birthday Parties ~ REBECCA CARR o.n. Even from the safe, com- fortable perspective of our living rooms, the after- math of hurricanes Katrina and Rita is both surreal and chilling - regular, everyday people just like us, working and raising families one day, their city, homes and work- places decimated the next. While we can't prevent natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earth- quakes, we can do a lot to ensure our survival in the chaotic aftermath, according to Dan Good of Snohomish County's Emergency Service Coordinating Agency. Mukilteo's emergency re- sponders - police, fire and EMS - hope the SRO crowd at Thursday's presenta- tion took Good's message to heart, and spread the word to family and friends. That's because it could be as long as seven days be- fore any help can arrive in a major disaster, and Mukilte- ans may have to survive on their own for up toa week or more. "We live in a 911 society," said Fire Chief Jack Colbath. "You call 911 and you can ex- pect someone to respond on a rescuer/first normal day - you might get 30 of us, depending on what the incident is." But if a disaster strikes, Colbath warned, regular emergency staffing will be overwhelmed, the 911 system itself could be destroyed, and Mukilteans need to un- derstand how to take care of themselves until help ar- rives. What to do? Plan ahead. Shop while supplies are at normal price levels - and still available in the stores. Good also recommends preparation for a complete loss of modern technology. Cellular phones and our local land phone lines likely won't work, but it's possible long distance lines will, as they're on a different sys- tem. Aunt Martha in New Jer- sey could be e.asier to contact than your best friend a cou- ple of miles down the road. Good recommends having an established contact point out of state, where loved ones can report in as they're able and get updates on one another. Credit/debit cards may not work; it's wise to have cash on hand, including small bills to ensure not be- ing gouged by unscrupulous SEASONS GREETINGS FROM RE~MAX TRINITY PROPER TIES, FIRST HORIZON HOME LOANS, & PACIFIC NW TITLE vendors who suddenly "don't have change" for your $20s. Power could be out for a week or longer; Good advis- es having seven days worth of ready-to-eat food for each member of your family, as well as an ample supply of batteries for flashlights and radios. Barbecues, camp stoves, paper plates and cups, foil and paper towels are recom- mended as well. Each household should have at least a gallon per day of clean water for each person, as well as an ample supply of water for pets. The regular water supply could be contaminated or com- pletely shut off for days. Those whose lives depend upon taking their medica- tions on a set schedule should keep a 30-day supply on hand, even if it means paying out- of-pocket for what insurance won't cover (rotate the spare Rx so it isn't expired when you need it). Sanitation supplies (both household and personal hy- giene), toilet paper, bleach for purification, matches in a waterproof container, plas- tic and duct tape in case of 3 JOIN US FOR A HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT OUR NEW MUKILTEO LOCATION DECEMBER 19th 11:00 to 3:00 627- 5th Street Suite 101 Mukilteo