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Emergency Preparedness Resources

Items for an emergency preparedness kit: cash, non-perishable food, bottled water, pet food, first-aid kit, whistle, map, radio, batteries, matches, flashlight, medication, medication list, jackknife with multi-tools, baby bottle, baby formula, manual can opener, pliers, wrench, toilet paper.

Have A Plan. Build A Kit. Stay Informed. Get Involved.

Know what disasters could affect you and how to prepare yourself, your family, and your home.

The City of Sammamish has developed a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Guide. Its purpose is to help you prepare, respond to, and recover from the hazards that threaten our City. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools that assist you in becoming disaster resilient.

Download your copy of the City of Sammamish Emergency Preparedness Guide below. There are also many other valuable resources we have compiled for your convenience below as well. 

City of Sammamish Emergency Preparedness Guide (PDF)

5-Step Neighborhood Action Kit

In major disasters, roughly 70% to 95% of victims are rescued by neighbors, not professional responders. Some of your neighbors will need assistance that you or others living in your community can easily provide.

The City of Sammamish 5-Step Neighborhood Action Kit is a free resource. Please take advantage of it as it can help you and your neighbors get organized and prepared.

5 Step Neighborhood Action Kit Program Guide (PDF)

5 Step Neighborhood Action Kit Facilitator Guide (PDF)

5 Step Neighborhood Action Kit Forms Guide (PDF)

Photos showing three City of Sammamish 5-step neighborhood action kit books

Prepare Your Household

Get Two Weeks Ready

2 Weeks Ready - Backpack Brochure (PDF)

2 Weeks Ready – Emergency Information (PDF)

Personal Preparedness

Create Out-of-Area Contact (PDF)

Create a Home Fire Escape Plan (Link)

Prepare Your Home - Getting Ready

Secure Wall Hangings (PDF)

Preparedness for Kids

Kidz Stickers (PDF)

The Earthquake Adventures of Terry and Gracie (K-2) (PDF)

The Earthquake Adventures of Terry and Gracie (3-6) (PDF)

The Volcanic Adventures of Terry and Gracie (K-6) (PDF)

The Beautiful Mountain in the Sky - Lahar (K-6) (PDF)

Tips for Kids: Ready Kids (link)

Disaster Activity Book for Kids English (PDF) Spanish (PDF)

Prepare for Specific Hazards

Active Shooter

Be Prepared for an Active Shooter (Link)

Run, Hide, Fight (Video)

Respond to Attacks in Public Spaces (Link)


Drop, Cover, and Hold (Link)

Washington is Earthquake County (PDF)

The Great Shakeout (Link)

How to Safely Turn Off Your Home's Natural Gas (Link)

Extreme Heat

Severe heat may cause illness or even death. Higher-risk groups such as seniors, young children, and people with health conditions are particularly vulnerable to these. When temperatures are forecast to rise to extreme highs, take precautions for yourself and those around you. Please visit for more information on how to reduce your risk.

National Weather Service Forecast Office Seattle (Link)

Prepare for Extreme Heat (Link)

Cooling Centers

If you are looking for a place to cool down, visit or dial 2-1-1.

Vulnerable People

Check on vulnerable families or neighbors by phone or in person to make sure they are safe and cool. Learn the warning signs of heat illness that happens when the body can’t cool down. If someone has heat stroke, they need to call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room immediately.

Water Safety

One of the biggest concerns when the weather heats up is water safety. Warm air doesn’t always mean warm water in our region's lakes and rivers. Please use extreme caution, wear a life jacket, and keep a close eye on children. For more information about the hazards of cold water and how to stay safe, please visit

Pet Safety

Never leave your pet in a car on a hot day. Even with open windows, car temperatures can quickly rise to 120+ degrees when the sun is out.

If you see a pet in distress from the heat, call:

  • the Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) at 206-296-7387; or
  • call 9-1-1.

For more pet resources, please visit the RASKC webpage.


Why Do I Need Flood Insurance? (PDF)

My Flood Book (In English & Spanish) (PDF)

What to do when it's Flooding (PDF)

Utility Failure

Report a power outage to Puget Sound Energy (Link)

Generator Safety - English (PDF)

Alternative Backup Power Options (Link)

Severe Weather

Prepare for Winter Weather (Link)

Respond to a Thunderstorm (Link)

Preparing your home for windstorms (PDF)


Media Guidebook - Chapter on Volcanoes (PDF)

Volcano Information Poster (PDF)

Prepare for Volcanoes (Link)

Shelter in Place Instructions (Link)

Prepare for Volcanoes - English (PDF)

Volcanic Adventures of Terry the Turtle/Gracie the Wonder Dog (PDF)

The Beautiful Mountain in the Sky; How to Be Safe if a Lahar Flows Down the Mountain (Grades K-6) (PDF)


Wildfire Fact Sheet (PDF)

Prepare for a Wildfire (Link)

FireWise (Link)

Alternate Language Emergency Checklists

Amharic (PDF)

Arabic (PDF)

Cambodian (PDF)

Chinese (PDF)

Farsi (PDF)

Ilocano (PDF)

Korean (PDF)

Laotian (PDF)

Romanian (PDF)

Russian (PDF)

Serbo-Croatian (PDF)

Somali (PDF)

Spanish (PDF)

Tagalog (PDF)

Tigrigna (PDF)

Ukrainian (PDF)

Vietnamese (PDF)