Whether you have lived on Whidbey Island for a month or a decade, it is an adventure. Living on an island is like going back in time. It’s a rural community, and things are slower here. There won’t be the same emergency response that you might expect on the mainland.
The City of Langley encourages residents and visitors to be ready. A few simple steps and some regular planning and practicing will go a long way towards preventing and recovering from a wide range of emergencies.
The ability for the City, as well as all coordinating agencies and services, to respond may be severely affected by weather, tides, power outages, and other demands upon local resources.
OBTAIN INFORMATION IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
Island County Department of Emergency Management (ICDEM) has established an Information Hotline: 360-678-5111, ext. 6000. The line is used solely for the purpose of providing recorded current information about emergencies or other incidents. As it is received, DEM will provide information about roads, utilities, shelters, and other important topics. The information line recording will be updated as new information is received. This extension number can be accessed from any telephone and toll free from Island County locations.
Also, KWDB 1110 AM and KRKO 1380 AM have been identified as the information radio stations for Island County.
Western Washington regional information: Take Winter By Storm
PREPARING FOR WINTER STORMS
We recommend that you prepare to be self-sufficient for ten days and have adequate food, water, and medication available. Here are some basic emergency preparedness tips:
- Stock up on extra food, water, and whatever medications you and your family might need for the next week.
- Map neighborhood resources you can share in case of an emergency. As part of the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Langley initiative, we encourage neighborhood planning to support each other in an emergency. The Map Your Neighborhood resource gives you a tool to work with your neighbors in planning for the next power outage. For more information on mapping your neighborhood, contact Police Chief David Marks at at (360) 221-4433.
- Visit the Emergency Shelter. Since the big storms two years ago, the City of Langley has done a lot of behind-the-scenes work to help the community respond to emergencies. Should the power go out in Langley for an extended amount of time during severely cold temperatures, we have developed an incredibly dedicated and skilled Emergency Shelter Team that will pull things together in a pinch and activate the Emergency Shelter at the CMA Church at 6th and Cascade.
BASIC EMERGENCY PLANNING RESOURCES:
- 10 Days 10 Ways - Planning for a 10 day emergency
- What Should Your Emergency Pantry Look Like?
- Preparing for Winter Storms
- Preparing for Power Outages
- Preparing for Windstorms
- Power Conservation Tips
OTHER RESOURCE LINKS:
Guidelines from FEMA on what to do during a winter storm
Personal and Family Preparedness
- Prepare in a Year: Action Plan
- Prepare in a Year: Storing Water
- Prepare in a Year: 72-hour Comfort Kits
- Prepare in a Year: Extended Event Supplies
- Washington State Emergency Management Division: Preparedness Video Clips
- Washington State Emergency Management Division: Washington Guide to Weather Saftey
2008 Emergency Resource Guide
NOAA Weather Radio and Washington's All-Hazards Warning System