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Kitsap County has a moderate marine climate. But, storm activity involving rain, extreme heat, wind, snow, and ice does affect the county. Severe weather can happen any time, with or without notice. Damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding can happen during thunderstorms. Winter storms can bring freezing rain, sleet, snow, and strong winds. Lightning storms and hail storms are less frequent but do occur. Based on a recent assessment of Kitsap County, severe storms are rated a moderate risk hazard.

What is KCDEM doing to address severe storms?
The Kitsap Department of Emergency Management (KCDEM) works with the Kitsap County Department of Health & Human Services on storm emergencies.  Projects include: 

  • Encourage the public sector to prepare. Residents should have at least 14 days of emergency supplies, though 30 days would be better.  Learn more. 
  • Reduce the risk of casualties due to lost or reduced 911 and Emergency Operations Center capabilities. Buy an emergency generator with backup failover uninterruptible power supply.
  • Help activate the Severe Weather Shelter Program during extreme cold weather. Help activate local cooling stations during extreme hot weather. Learn more.

Want to learn more about mitigation efforts for severe storms? Read the 2019 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF). Severe storm information begins on page 130. You can also contact KCDEM via email for details.

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