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Hubs team lead Christina Aitchison, Child Safety team lead Kari Murphy, and Vulnerable Populations team lead Rita Elsberry
Pictured (L to R): Christina Aitchison, Child Safety Team Lead Kari Murphy, and Access & Functional Needs Team Lead Rita Elsberry

Bainbridge Prepares is an educational nonprofit organization (501c3) committed to ensuring Bainbridge Island, Washington and surrounding communities will be resilient in the face of natural disasters and other calamities. Since 2011, we’ve worked in partnership with the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD). The City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) joined our partnership in 2016.

Our journey to become the most prepared town in Washington state will only be successful with widespread citizen involvement and leadership. Please take a quick look through the list of Bainbridge Prepares Teams below and then learn more about our volunteer onboarding process; we’d love to have you!  And be sure to sign up for our email newsletter to stay up to date on everything related to preparedness on the island.

JOURNALISTS: HERE IS YOUR FACT SHEET FOR QUICK REFERENCE!

Please meet our executive team:

Our Board of Directors consists of:

  • Scott James, BP Founder/Board Chair; Author of Prepared Neighborhoods: Building Resilience One Street at a Time.
  • Roger Coulter, BP Treasurer; Chief Financial Officer at General Biodiesel
  • Susan James, BP Vice Chair; BP Wellness Team Lead; Clinical Social Worker and Wellness Coach
  • Matt Kress, BP Secretary; Senior Manager, Veterans and Military Affairs at Starbucks
  • Matt Otepka, BP Outreach Team Lead; Former Owner of Bainbridge Island Outfitters & Depot
  • Laura Samant, BP Ready Congregations Team Lead; Natural Disaster Risk Mitigation Specialist
  • Michael Kleeman, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of San Diego
  • Alex Stanyon, CPA; Tax and Small Business Specialist

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We rely on donations and grants to do our work. You can make your donations via our One Call for All page. Bainbridge Prepares operates as a DBA (doing business as) of the 501c3 Resilience Guild (our old brand name when we first incorporated). If looking us up in a database, you may need to search for “Resilience Guild” to find our entry. As a new 501c3, this is our first tax return. Additional identification information you may find useful:
+ UBI 604-041-404
+ EIN 81-4025217
+ DUNS 024260750

We’re often asked for by others throughout the country how to recreate the Bainbridge Prepares organizational model in your own town or urban neighborhood. Please review the below video with our suggested best practices for doing so, as well as our organizational structure and details on individual teams, and then reach out to us with any additional questions.

 

Special thanks to Andrew Taylor for the editing on all our videos!