The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management's proactive and coordinated approach to preparing for disasters recently received an official stamp of approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and State of Washington Emergency Management Division for its Kitsap County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan 2020-2025.
"As chair of the Emergency Management Council, I am proud of this important accomplishment," said Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe, chair of the Board of Commissioners. "I personally appreciate the leadership of KCDEM Director Lis Klute and the work of her team. This is good for all of Kitsap County."
The mitigation plan reflects the strategies of not only Kitsap County, but its partner cities as well: Poulsbo, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island.
The 329-page document is the culmination of the efforts of county departments, local city jurisdictions, fire and utility districts, special purpose districts and school districts. It lays out a regional strategy through mutually beneficial and cost-effective projects that respond to a broad range of hazards — from tornadoes and tsunamis to cyber attacks and radiological threats.
This year, Kitsap's Department of Emergency Management introduced a new outreach campaign, "Put a Bigfoot Forward Towards Risk Reduction," to help citizens and local agencies prepare for and recover from any emergency or disaster that impacts Kitsap County.
"None of us really needs reminding we live in an area at risk from earthquakes, volcanoes, significant weather and rapid growth. But it helps to know the whole community is working collectively to do what we can do to help reduce the risk," said KCDEM Director Lis Klute.
KCDEM would like to thank the Board of County Commissioners, the county Emergency Management Council led by Commissioner Ed Wolfe with the Mayors of Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo; the S'Klallam and Suquamish Tribes; county and city agencies; private sector partners; and especially members of the public who contributed their valuable time to assist in the development and approval of this plan.
To view a draft of the Kitsap County 2019 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, click here. Note: The plan is very large and may need to be downloaded to open. For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the KCDEM website at www.kitsapdem.org or call 360-478-5871.
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