On November 18th, according to Fox News, Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency after several days of torrential rain and strong winds struck the Pacific Northwest state, killing three people, flooding rivers and cutting off power to well over 350,000 residents.
Allen Kam, a representative with the National Weather Service in Seattle, noted that the steady rain that fell over the course of last week caused local soil to become oversaturated, causing trees to become unstable, therefore making it much easier for strong winds to knock over trees.
The state of emergency is applied to all Washington counties, and state officials are working hard to provide aid, restore power and clear fallen trees. Spokane officials cleared 175 fallen trees last Wednesday, and officials asked residents to stay at home last week in order to clear up blocked and traffic-congested roads. Fallen trees, aside from blocking roads, also tore down power lines across the state. Avista Corp was working hard to restore power to 118,000 customers last week—it noted that 700 miles of power lines were brought down by the storm.
The loss of life in Washington is tragic, but it’s important to look at the overall state of emergency as a crucial learning experience. Statewide declarations of emergency can happen suddenly, and local government may require you and your family to stay indoors if and when a disaster strikes. If that occurs, you may not be able to leave your home to gather critical supplies. Also, if you happen to lose power, you may risk losing your perishable food items, which can cause your limited supply cache to dwindle quickly.
That’s why the CDC recommends stockpiling at least three days of food and water for each individual in your home. Also, these emergency supplies should be nonperishable, so they can be stored long term and without refrigeration. Wise Company offers long-term food kits that feature everything—from ready-to-eat meals to nutrient-rich beverages—a family could need to properly sustain themselves during an emergency event. These kits are designed to last—when stored properly, they can keep for well over a decade. This means you can purchase this kit in advance, and keep it on hand for whenever an emergency may hit.