Emergency Preparedness

Preparedness is the cornerstone of community resilience. It is the responsibility of every citizen, business owner, and community leader on the island. We intend to be a community that is a recognized leader in preparedness by creating a robust Emergency Management program through widespread involvement with island districts, citizens, businesses and nonprofits. You can read more about our vision, mission and values by visiting this page

Reality Check - Life on Bainbridge Island after a Major Earthquake During a disaster, resources are allocated to areas where they can do the most good for the largest number of people. We will be competing for these resources and it's very likely we will be a low priority in comparison to larger metropolitan areas such as Seattle and Tacoma. 

  • Resources on the island will be limited and emergency response teams will be dispatched where they can do the most good for the greatest number of people.
  • The Agate Pass bridge may be down, or closed for an extended period of time until its structural integrity can be assured. 
  • Ferry service may be stopped, or closed to the public for an extended period of time; the dock and other WSF facilities may be damaged, further complicating the situation. 
  • You may be separated from your family for an extended period of time. 
  • You, or a member of your family, might be seriously injured. The casualty count will be high - hundreds to thousands injured.  Accessibility to medical care, supplies and treatment options will be limited.
  • Electricity, phone, water/sewer systems will be out of service for an extended period of time. Wells and septic systems may be damaged and out of service as well. Waste/refuse disposal services may be stopped.
  • Extensive, widespread damage to infrastructure, residential, commercial and government buildings. Many structures will be uninhabitable and emergency shelters will be overwhelmed.
  • No gasoline or propane available for an extended period of time.
  • Grocery/restaurants/businesses closed for an extended period of time; food supplies and cash will be hard to come by.
  • Civil unrest is possible.
  • There will be a large number of fatalities.

Are you and your family ready for this? What if the disaster were a pandemic or a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) event and you had to shelter in place for a week or longer? Do you have the supplies on hand to sustain your household for an extended period of time?

The good news is, there are simple steps you can take to prepare!  Check out the links on the top left side of this page for more information on home and neighborhood preparedness. You can also view upcoming training opportunities and community preparedness events.