Training

Ready Raccoon with Matt Otepka, owner of BIO+D

Our area has a wide variety of trainings related to preparedness, homesteading, and building resilient skills in your life. We’ve developed a series of family preparedness classes held twice a month, now being taught by the preparedness experts from Empact Northwest.

Each 90 minutes class covers 72-hour evacuation Go Bags, family reunification plans, and neighborhood mapping.  Participants also take part in exercises that foster thoughtful conversation about disaster planning and identification of threats unique to our community. Western Washington and the Puget Sound area does have the potential for catastrophic disasters, but through proper planning, and preparedness, you can be part of the solution when your family, neighbors, and community need you the most. Register now for upcoming classes.

Previous classes have included verbal de-escalation techniques from our police department and psychological first aid training from the PFA team. Should those be of interest to you, please let the PFA team lead know and sign up for the email alerts.


In October 2017 we completed the island’s first Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course, adding 30 more trained citizens to our Hubs team. If you’d like to receive an alert the next time WFR training is made available locally, sign up here.

Are you already a WFR or a NOLS-trained responder? We’d love to have you join the Hubs team as well; please send us a note with your current certification and we’ll send you an invite to our quarterly practice drills.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

With real hands on training during the various classes, participants that take the entire course will use fire extinguishers on a real fire, perform search and rescue operations in the fire training tower and participate in a disaster exercise. We’d love to have you join our team! For existing CERT members, here’s a list of the refresher courses. To learn more, contact Bainbridge Island CERT Coordinator Gregg Watts with questions.


You can find more training courses from our awesome sister organizations; click through to learn more and register…