Ready Raccoon with Rebecca Judd of Kitsap Regional Library

As individual citizens, we play a vital role in our community’s journey to become the most prepared town in Washington State. It is our responsibility–not City Hall’s nor the Fire Department–to be able to take care of ourselves and our neighbors for at least two weeks after a widespread natural disaster.

Our first responders will be overwhelmed and focused on taking care of our community’s core infrastructure. Additional help from outside the area such as the Red Cross will arrive, but not for many days due to significant destruction of regional transportation systems.

Be familiar with what you should do in the first five minutes after an earthquake (PDF) to secure yourself and your loved ones, and what materials you should have on hand.

  • We’ve created this family reunification plan (PDF) – customized for Bainbridge Island residents – to help you prepare to quickly and safely reunite with your loved ones.
  • We also developed these gear checklists (PDF) to support you with gathering supplies to either shelter-in-place, evacuate with a Go Bag, or get back to the island via a Get Home Bag.
  • You may find the Kitsap Sun’s 12-month buying guide and Washington state’s Prepare in a Year Guide to also be helpful.
  • There are a number of items you can do at home to keep yourself and your loved ones more secure. Grab a pen and paper to take notes while you watch the Rotary Club’s video tour of a prepared home: