Disasters, also referred to as threats and hazards, can happen in Kitsap County. It is important to know what these disasters are and how bad each could be. The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (KCDEM) uses a tool called the Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Assessment (HIVA) to do this. The HIVA shows what these emergencies could do to people, property, the economy, and the environment.
The HIVA puts emergencies into high, moderate, and low risk groups, and sorts each into natural emergencies or those caused by people and/or technology. KCDEM then makes plans by looking at the risk of each emergency and by what resources are available to the county. The county does not have resources to fully handle each emergency, so it is important for everyone to get prepared!