Free disaster preparation kits from Allstate agents

Monday, April 15, 2019

With last year’s active wildfire season and severe weather events in the Northwest, local Allstate agents are giving away over 10,000 disaster preparedness kits starting Monday, April 15 across Washington, Oregon and Idaho to better prepare families and communities for disasters of all kinds.
 
There are 135 participating agencies in 65 cities across Washington State.

Participating Shoreline Allstate Agencies

Together with The Allstate Foundation, participating agents are also donating $200,000 to American Red Cross chapters across the Northwest to support relief efforts.

“Even though it might be the last thing on your mind, a disaster can strike anywhere at any time,” said local Allstate agency staff Kristian Landon-Suson. 
“Most people—85 percent—aren’t prepared for a disaster, so local Allstate agents are here to help our neighbors be more prepared in the event of a sudden disaster.”

This is especially relevant for Washington residents, as wildfire season starts to heat up. Washington is ranked sixth on the list of top 10 “Most Wildfire Prone States,” according to the Insurance Information Institute, and the state has 154,900 households at high or extreme risk from wildfires. 

In 2018, 1,743 wildfires burned across Washington State, up 397 from 2017, scorching 438,834 acres, an increase of 34,611 acres.

“With wildfire season on the horizon and never knowing when a disaster might strike, building a kit is a great place to start on the path to preparedness. A next step would be creating a household evacuation plan that includes a list of emergency contacts and a designated meeting location in the event of a disaster,” Suson said.

Washington residents can stop by any participating Allstate agency to get a free disaster kit, while supplies last, that includes a hand-crank flashlight, first-aid kit and a whistle to signal for help.

For more information on how you and your community can get prepared for a disaster, contact your local American Red Cross chapter.



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