Councilmember sounds a warning about emergency preparedness

In the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, at least one councilmember wants to make sure Lynnwood is prepared for a similar disaster here.

“Quite frankly, I think we are living on borrowed time and the kind of quake that just hit Japan, we also have that same threat,” Council Vice President Kerri Lonergan-Dreke said.

She said her family restocked their emergency supply kit over the weekend and is encouraging Lynnwood residents to do the same. She also has plans to buy a generator.

“Even if we were not hit with major damage in the Puget Sound area, we are still going to be seriously affected with damaged roads where we can’t get food and water to us, electricity knocked out,” she said.

Lonergan-Dreke has requested a presentation from Lynnwood’s police, fire and public works departments to review the city’s emergency preparedness plans.

“It’s too easy to come up with this stuff, put it aside and not review it. I just see what’s going on right now in Japan as a major warning,” she said.

The presentation to the City Council is expected to take place in the next month or so.

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