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.
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Please meet our executive team:
- COBI Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage represents the city in the partnership.
- Deputy Chief Jared Moravec represents the fire department in the partnership.
- Bainbridge Prepares Executive Director Loren Bast co-leads the nonprofit organization.
- Bainbridge Prepares Founder and Board Chair Scott James co-leads the nonprofit organization.
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
- Gilian Engelson, Public Health Professional
- David Kim, Interdisciplinary Technology Executive
Our 501c3 status is under our previous brand of the Resilience Guild (dba Bainbridge Prepares).
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.