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May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Washington

In Washington, almost a million people live in or near the forest, including many of us in Kitsap County. Are you prepared for wildfire? May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants homeowners to work together to become better prepared for wildfires by reducing the risk on their property and in their neighborhood. Each year, wildland fires consume homes in the wildland-urban interface – [...]

Prepare in a Year

prepare in advance to take important documents during an emergencyBefore a disaster happens, make copies of important documents for your go bag such as:

  • Birth, marriage, divorce, adoption, or child custody papers
  • Passport, driver’s license, Social Security card, green card, military service identification
  • Pet ownership paper, identification tags
  • Wills, power of attorney, estate papers
  • Insurance papers for home, renter’s, boat, vehicles
  • Health insurance
  • Take photos or videos of valuables as documentation for insurance claims

Learn more about how to get prepared for a disaster.

Wildfire Preparedness

Follow these tips to help prepare for wildfires:

  • Prepare for a wildfire by maintaining your lawn and removing combustible debris from around your home
  • Use fire resistant materials for construction, renovation, & landscaping to protect your property from a wildfire
  • Don’t use anything (i.e. lawn mowers) that may create sparks outside on dry, windy days
  • Clear area near your home or business of leaves, dead vegetation & other combustible debris to reduce sources of fuel
  • Create three zones of defensible space around your home or business.  Defensible space should be up to 200 feet from a structure.

Learn more about the threat of fires in Kitsap County.

Be Alert!

The Kitsap County Alert is an emergency notification system that helps you stay informed about the local hazards and threats that may impact you and your family. To register or update your information, click here. Sign ups are free!

Become a Volunteer

KCDEM needs your help. Volunteers play a vital role in preparing for, responding to and recovering from an emergency situation or natural disaster. Volunteer today!

Holiday Closures

KCDEM will be closed on:

  • Memorial Day, May 27, 2024

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Severe Weather Shelters open Mar. 5 & 6

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