Put a “bigfoot” forward towards risk reduction
Planning for the emergencies that can harm the people, property, economy, and environment of our region is what we do in the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management. We consider the likelihood of events like earthquakes and tsunamis; make local and regional plans; train with staff, volunteers, and first responders; and where possible, mitigate the effects of certain emergencies before they happen. However, the reach of our efforts goes even further when everyone thinks about safety first.
What does that mean? First, residents should be aware of the risks and dangers in living on the peninsula — from landslides to pandemics, flooding to cyber threats, a wide range of natural hazards and human-made threats are possible. Next, make a plan to be at least two weeks ready in the event of an emergency. That means different things for families, those with special needs, community organizations, and businesses, so we ask that you reflect on your requirements and take steps that make the most sense for you and your situation. And finally, consider volunteering with one of our programs. Many of the plans we have in place work best with help from members of the community.
Facing emergencies before they happen takes time, money, and resources that can be difficult to justify when everything seems fine. However, recent events have shown that planning and preparation have a place in making Kitsap County a resilient community. We hope you will join us in putting a big foot forward in making the next emergency one that we all recover from.
Elizabeth (“Lis”) F. Klute, CEM Director
Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management