As your fire department, we pride ourselves on providing our community with fast and effective emergency response. When disaster (an event that affects larger sections of the community and requires more than the usual resources to mitigate) strikes, we might not be able to do that. It may be hours, days or weeks before infrastructure and regular emergency response is restored. That’s why it’s so important for individuals, families, businesses and neighborhoods to put plans in place to be self-sufficient for as long as two weeks.
Three Steps to Organizing Your Neighborhood
- Gauge your neighbors’ interest.
The best size for neighborhood organization is between 10 – 20 homes. Gather support for the program before scheduling your first neighborhood meeting.
- Contact the Suquamish Tribe’s Office of Emergency Management, Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management or North Kitsap Fire & Rescue to provide neighborhood captains’ contact info, schedule your neighborhood meeting and obtain materials.
- Stay engaged with us for training opportunities and other resources.
Publications Available for Local Pick-Up
- Two Weeks Ready Brochure
- Map Your Neighborhood Flyer
- Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Calendar
- Disaster Preparedness Resource List
- Map Your Neighborhood Booklet
Additional Disaster Preparedness Resources
- Business Preparedness
- Washington Emergency Management Division Preparedness Resources
- NKF&R Wildfire Prevention, Preparedness and Planning Resources
Upcoming Local Training Opportunities
Kingston Prepares had its official kick-off event on November 6, 2019. The presentation was coordinated by a coalition that included Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Kingston Citizens Advisory Committee, Kingston – North Kitsap Rotary, Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management and North Kitsap Fire & Rescue. Over 160 attended the 90-minute motivating and inspiring presentation that focused on individual, family and neighborhood preparedness. Keynote speaker Scott James spoke about preparing out of love instead of out of fear. The coalition followed up with a Neighborhood Captains Meeting on January 11, 2020. Twenty-five individuals representing thirteen different neighborhoods attended to gather tools for their efforts. Momentum was building, and more events were planned to support preparedness initiatives in Kingston and beyond — until a different kind of disaster struck. Recognizing that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is still distant and not wanting to set aside the good work that’s already been done, a virtual event was held in November 2020. Attendees got valuable information to help them adapt to new conditions and prepare for future disasters large and small. Watch this page for more opportunities, too!