Dorothy Teeter, chief of health operations for King County

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Two weeks of supplies, including food, water, batteries, a radio, and down sleeping bags. "The most important thing to have is a plan for your family" to reach each other in case of an emergency.

Jeff Duchin, chief of King County's communicable disease program

A three-day earthquake supply: "Some dry goods and canned goods. Nuts and crackers, boxes of cereal, stuff like that."

Meredith Li-Vollmer, health education consultant for King County

Enough food and medical supplies for a week or more, including broth in case she or her family get sick, her child's favorite graham crackers, cough syrup, comfort foods, dried ravioli, Indian food in packets from Trader Joe's, and water. "I buy extra cereal when it's on sale."

Ron Sims, King County executive

Sims doesn't believe in stockpiling. "You're not going to be able to prepare for a pandemic."

Barb Graff, head of emergency preparedness for the Seattle Police Department

Three emergency supply kits containing food, water, and first-aid supplies, including one at her desk, one in her car, and one at her home (that one includes a wrench to turn the gas off if she needs to). "The way I put it is, get ready to go urban camping."

Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council member

A week's supply of food and water, a bike, a city-issued BlackBerry, Purell, and "a lot of batteries."

Michael Loehr, head of preparedness for King County

Loehr follows the Red Cross's guidelines for emergencies; he and his wife both have supply kits in their cars. His home emergency kit includes food, water, copies of his insurance policies, a list of important phone numbers, and winter clothes.

James Apa, spokesman for King County Public Health

Food and water to last two weeks. "We like to tell people to prepare for two weeks, but we recognize that people don't always have the income or space."