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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

Prepping for back-to-school is a great time to ALSO involve kids in preparing for the next emergency.

  • BEFORE an emergency, teach your child how to dial 911
  • Who’s your emergency contact? Make sure the kids know who it is and practice with them.
  • Update school records and discuss emergency contact numbers with kids before they go #BackToSchool
  • Review your school’s plans for tornadoes, earthquakes and other disasters
back to school. safely.

Wildfire Preparedness

Before a wildfire happens, take time to:

  • Know what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.
  • Learn your evacuation routes and plan to evacuate if advised by local authorities.
  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
  • Check your insurance policies to ensure you have enough coverage.
  • Create a communications plan with your family.

Learn more about the threat of fires in Kitsap County.

Emergency Management Talk

The field of emergency management has tons of abbreviations.  To help, Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (KCDEM) has gathered terms used in and around emergency management projects. Use this list to learn more about emergency management and get comfortable around preparedness topics.

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 has no scheduled closures in August.

Recent News

Thank you KCDEM volunteers!

April 24, 2024|

It is National Volunteer week, and we'd like to shout out a huge THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! Kitsap County has a total of 5,520 volunteers within all of the volunteer programs throughout the [...]

CERT training begins March 20, 2024

March 6, 2024|

The next offering of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in Kitsap County starts March 20. This nationally certified training provides community members the opportunity to learn the vital skills and teamwork essential to assist [...]

Severe Weather Shelters open Mar. 5 & 6

March 5, 2024|

Due to anticipated freezing weather conditions, the Kitsap County Severe Weather Shelters are open Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6. Hours of operation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. except as noted [...]