In the event of a disaster, there may be wide spread power outages. A battery powered or crank radio is an essential part of your emergency kit. Vital information regarding evacuation information, shelter locations, medical help, and food and water sources may help you survive. Put one in your 3-day kit with spare batteries - today.

Turn your TV or radio to a local station or, if the power is out, use your battery-operated radio to get information during a disaster. Unnecessary phone calls may overload the communications system and prevent emergency calls from getting through. When you get reliable information, share it with your neighbors.

Disaster Response

City disaster response plans use the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service to provide emergency communications back up. In the event of a communications loss, licensed amateur band Radio Operators report to pre-designated sites to establish a radio communications network between city Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), 911 dispatch centers, hospitals, Red Cross shelters, and command posts where disaster response operations are managed.

Widespread or Long-term Power Outages
In the event of widespread and/or long-term power outages, the city may utilize posting sites within Mountlake Terrace to relay important information to our community. The posting sites would likely be located in major gathering sites that are accessible within the city, such as shopping centers, churches, community centers, and schools. If the power permits, the city will  post information on its website, and work with Edmonds Community College to post information on the Government Access Channel 21 on cable television. For additional information please visit the SNOCOM 911 website.