Emergency Preparedness

Preparedness is the cornerstone of community resilience. Are you ready?

Disaster can come in many forms. In this region we tend to focus on fire, earthquake and landslide events, however, it is important to take account for other risks when you are planning which could require you to shelter in place for some time. These should include the possibility of a pandemic, a hazmat or radiologic incident. It is also important to recognize that the types of major events that we are prone to are no-notice events. This means that the gap of time between event and arrival of outside resources can be much longer.

The two most important things you can do are:

  1. Take steps to minimize or eliminate risks that are within your control, and
  2. Prepare yourself, your family, and your neighborhood. Have supplies stored in your home, your office, your car - anywhere you find yourself frequently spending time. If you are a business owner, you will want to make sure your business is prepared as well.

Luckily, there are simple, affordable steps you can take to prepare! Check out the links to the left for information and helpful resources and make sure you are planning to be ready to survive two weeks or more without outside help.

By the numbers

Staying Safe in Tsunami-prone Areas

Bainbridge Island is located in the tsunami inundation zone. Modeling indicates a tsunami resulting from a Seattle Fault and/or Cascadia Fault earthquake could produce a 1-2 meter tsunami (relative to land elevation). Bainbridge Island is also at risk for landslide-induced tsunamis. This type of tsunami has the potential to be larger, but more localized.  

Check out the video below for information on what to do to survive a tsunami! You can also visit the Risk Data page of this website (link in upper left corner of the page) to look at the current tsunami modeling for the island.