Earthquake Preparedness

Being prepared for an earthquake is everyone's job. 

The Puget Sound area is prone to earthquakes. Members of the Water Supply Forum are working together to safeguard our region’s water supply in case of such a disaster. Access to an adequate and functioning water supply after an earthquake saves lives. Water utilities and other government agencies aren’t the only ones that need to get our region ready for earthquakes. Preparedness is everyone's job.

Water utilities in Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties serve approximately 2.3 million people over an area of 1,200 square miles. Earthquakes can significantly damage water systems at the local and regional levels. If this happens, access to water for drinking and cooking, firefighting, healthcare services, and other critical needs will be impacted. For the past several years, the Water Supply Forum has worked to improve our region's resiliency to earthquakes and other major events.

Residents, schools, and businesses in Puget Sound should plan ahead for a disaster. During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services - including water, may not be available. Residents should have a two-week supply of drinking water safely stored away for each person in their home. The recommended amount is one gallon of water per person per day.

Individual Preparedness

Prepare yourself and your family for an earthquake. Be two weeks ready!

Regional Preparedness

Snohomish, King, and Pierce Counties working together to be earthquake ready!

Seismic Funding Needs

Funding is critical to ensuring the resiliency of our water systems over the next 50-100 years.

It Could Happen Here...

  • Like Puget Sound ports, Kobe, Japan is a port city
  • Similar geology to Puget Sound
  • Over 6,000 people died
  • Over 60 days of water outages
  • Economic loss of over $150 billion