Message from the Director

Be at least 2 weeks ready.

The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management plans for the emergencies that can harm the people, property, economy, and environment of our region. To make this happen, the department has set goals to:

  • Develop public awareness of disaster hazards and promote self-sufficiency after disaster strikes.
  • Develop responder capabilities.
  • Have reasonable procedures for emergencies and disasters.
  • Create an atmosphere of interagency cooperation in emergency and disaster operations.

However, the reach of our efforts goes even further when everyone is involved.

What does that mean? First, residents should be aware of the risks and dangers in our area — 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 making the next emergency a better one.


Jan Glarum, Acting Director
Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management

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