Survivor Tales: In Deep Water

If you lived through a natural disaster, what would you want others to know about the experience so that they would be better ready to get through something similar? With that question in mind, we talked to real-life survivors of disasters to capture their stories, with the help of Seattle comics artist David Lasky. For National Preparedness Month, we’re sharing this story from a family whose farm near Chehalis was flooded in 2007 (the year I-5 shut down due to the floods).

King County also faces strong potential for flooding. With six major river systems that flow through King County, many communities where people live and work could face flooding if the rivers overflow their banks. Flooding also creates many health hazards from mold, spills of toxic household chemicals, and contaminated water. Read Meg’s story, and find out what advice she has about what to do so that your family, your home and assets, and your community will be able to weather through a flood.

For more information about flooding in King County and what you can do to prepare, check out flooding information from the King County Office of Emergency Management.

This Survivor tale is based on the real-life experiences of a disaster survivor. Our heartfelt thanks to those individuals who shared their stories with us in the hope of helping others prepared to be survivors.

Artwork by David Lasky, story by Meredith Li-Vollmer

Originally posted on September 13, 2019.

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I am a risk communications specialist at Public Health - Seattle & King County.