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  • Monday, May 19, 2014 3:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ribbon cutting, building tours and displays, 1-4 p.m.

    KIRKLAND, Wash. – Kirkland officials are hosting a Grand Opening event on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the Kirkland Justice Center. The new Kirkland Justice Center is located on NE 118th Street, housing both the Kirkland Municipal Court and the Kirkland Police Department. The schedule of events includes: Kirkland Police Department Honor Guard will “Post the Colors,” Mayor Amy Walen will lead the opening remarks, and City officials will cut the ribbon.  Self-guided tours will be available following the opening ceremonies until 4 p.m. where visitors can view special features of the building including the booking area, firing range and crime lab.  Artists Ellen Sollod and Katy Stone will be available to talk with visitors about their interior art.  Staff will have information about services provided by the Court and Police Department including crime prevention, personal safety, jury duty, Teen Traffic Court, and public safety volunteer and education programs.  Police vehicles, including the SWAT Van, will be on display.  Free Child I.D. Kits and light-fare food will be available.   Event information is posted at www.kirklandwa.gov/publicsafetybuilding.

    The Kirkland Municipal Court portion includes two large courtrooms, one small courtroom, a spacious lobby, Judge’s chambers, and staff offices. As of June 16, 2014, the new (physical) address for the Kirkland Municipal is 11740 NE 118th Street.  The phone number remains the same at 425-587-3160.

    The Police Department portion includes a tactical training area, booking center, corrections facility, firing range, forensic lab and administrative offices.  The multiple purpose room will be available for public use. As of June 9, 2014, the new (physical) address for the Kirkland Police Department is 11750 NE 118th Street.  The business phone number remains the same at 425-587-3400.

    The Kirkland Justice Center locates the base for court, police, and corrections services and is centrally located in the Totem Lake Business District in order to serve all residents; including those who joined Kirkland in the 2011 annexation.  The 102,000 square foot building was transformed from a furniture store into an essential public safety facility.  The City purchased the building in 2010 and it was determined that renovating the building was less expensive than designing and constructing a new one. The City is seeking to achieve the Silver designation for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

    Although the building was previous named “Public Safety Building,” the City Council approved the name “Kirkland Justice Center.”

    For more information about the event, contact Marie Jensen at 425-587-3021 or mjensen@kirklandwa.gov.  For specific questions about the facility, contact Dave Snider, Capital Projects Manager, at 425-587-3832 or dsnider@kirklandwa.gov.

    CURRENT CERT TEAM MEMBERS: To volunteer at the CERT table during this event please contact Jen Mahan via email or through the Contact Us page of this website.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do your families, friends, neighbors and co-workers know what to do if a specific hazard impacts their community? Only about 40 percent of Americans say that they have a plan for what to do in an emergency. Citizen Corps Councils and CERT programs throughout the country are already playing an important role in changing this and making the nation better prepared for disasters. America’s PrepareAthon! is one more way that you can engage with the members of your communities and encourage them to become active partners in their own preparedness and resilience. As trusted local leaders, Citizen Corps Councils and CERT programs can spearhead this new campaign in their communities and help ensure that this is truly a grassroots effort that fully engages the whole community.

    This spring, Americans across the country will be organizing and participating in hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises as part of America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide, community-based action campaign to increase preparedness and resilience. America’s PrepareAthon! events and activities will be held across the country twice a year to organize community days of action and encourage individuals to discuss, practice and train for relevant hazards. The two National Days of Action will be held in the spring and fall each year. The first America’s PrepareAthon! National Day of Action is April 30, 2014, and will focus on preparing organizations and individuals for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and wildfires. The second National Day of Action this year will be September 30, 2014.

    In order to join the campaign, Citizen Corps Councils and CERT programs should register preparedness events or activities online by May 16, 2014 at www.ready.gov/prepare. Councils and programs can either plan a new event or activity, or register something they have already planned, like an exercise. Eligible events and activities include planning for an emergency response or conducting tabletop exercises. All events and activities should share information with community members about the actions they should take in the event of a tornado, flood, hurricane, or wildfire in their community. A suite of free resources to help you organize, plan and support activities in your communities are available at the America’s PrepareAthon! website, www.ready.gov/prepare. These materials include hazard-specific “How-to-Prepare” guides, a Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warning factsheet, presentations, videos, a communications toolkit, customizable posters and digital invitations that can be tailored to your organization.  Additionally, online discussion forums are available for you to connect with your peers. Materials are also tailored to specific community stakeholders including K-12 schools, private businesses, faith-based organizations, individuals and families.

    The America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign is built on proven initiatives, such as the Great ShakeOut and the Ready campaign. Research shows that real change is possible through experiential learning and when information is delivered through trusted community members like Citizen Corps Councils and CERT volunteers. Information about specific local hazards and practicing protective actions for those hazards can be incorporated into existing Citizen Corps and CERT trainings, exercises, meetings and other preparedness events and activities during the campaign. We hope you will take advantage of the many free resources at www.ready.gov/prepare. Please be sure to register your activities and events online to share the excellent work that you are doing to prepare your communities and to show your support for this new campaign to build a more resilient nation.

  • Thursday, April 03, 2014 11:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following is a public service announcement form the city of Kirkland:

    The Kirkland Fire Department/Office of Emergency Management reminds Kirkland citizens about the importance of preparing for all types of emergencies and disasters. Kirkland, just as any community, is susceptible to disasters. Your survivability following a fire, earthquake or severe weather event will be enhanced if you have prepared yourself, your family members (including pets), and your business (including employees). For details on how to prepare, visit www.kirklandwa.gov/prepare.

    What you can do to prepare yourself, your family and your business:

    Make and practice an emergency and communications plan with your family members and your employees. Plan for people, pets and property at home and at your workplace. Know your school’s emergency response plans. Create an out-of-area contact as someone you and others can reach following an incident. Evaluate your current renters or homeowner’s insurance including earthquake, landslide and flood insurance coverage. Assemble an emergency supplies kit for your home, car and work place. By participating in disaster preparedness activities, you will learn more ways to be prepared before the next emergency or disaster happens.

    As part of your preparedness, you should consider how to secure furnishings in your home and office and learn how to properly shut off utilities.

    What you should include in your emergency supplies kit:

    You can assemble an emergency supply kit or purchase a pre-assembled one. You can customize the kit you store at home, have in your car, and at your office. Supplies should include water and food as well as items for shelter and warmth, first aid, communication, personal hygiene and sanitation. For easy-to-follow checklists, go to www.makeitthrough.org or www.ready.gov.

    What you can do to get involved in disaster preparedness:

    Kirkland residents are encouraged to participate in the Map Your Neighborhood program, attend Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and join a volunteer group such as the Kirkland Citizens Corps or Amateur Radio Emergency Services.

    For more information on how to prepare for a disaster or to request a public presentation, contact Dr. Pattijean Hooper, Emergency Manager, Kirkland Fire Department, at 425-587-3650 or pjhooper@kirklandwa.gov.

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Repost of an email sent today by the ARRL Northwest Division Director.

    As most of you know, on Saturday morning just before noon, a huge
    mudslide occurred on State Route 530, near the town of Oso. 

    Our first report of the incident came to us at the annual
    Communications Academy at South Seattle College, where one of the
    Snohomish County ARES Teams was in attendance with about 270 Amateur
    Radio Operators, who are involved in Emergency Communications.

    On Saturday Afternoon the Snohomish team was called into action and the
    Command Van returned to the jurisdiction where some of the team
    participated by assisting the County Emergency Management, with
    communications.

    As the incident was and is still in the response phase of the disaster,
    there was a limited use of Amateur Radio assets.  As Snohomish County
    moves toward the recovery phase of the incident, Amateur assets could
    accelerate, but we are waiting for direction from the County Emergency
    Management Officials.

    Although the Snohomish County Amateurs appreciate the many offers of
    help from nearby teams and Amateurs from across the State, all Amateurs
    are cautioned about ‘self deploying’ to this incident.  Should
    additional assets be needed the County and District Leadership will let
    it be known by contacting various teams or through SM Monte Simpson and
    SEC Frank Wolfe.

    This incident is still changing by the hour and very good SITREPS are
    being provided by the local media outlets.

    Please keep the residents, first respondents and missing individuals in
    your thoughts and prayers as this grim situation continues.

    73 and good Hamming
    Jim Pace, K7CEX
    ARRL – the national organization for Amateur Radio
    Northwestern Division
    Director

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    ARRL Northwestern Division
    Director: James D Pace, K7CEX
    k7cex@arrl.org

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
    830 AM PST WED MAR 19 2014

    ...50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT ALASKA EARTHQUAKE...

    ON MARCH 27TH 1964...A MAGNITUDE 9.2 EARTHQUAKE - ONE OF WORLDS
    STRONGEST EVER RECORDED EARTHQUAKES - OCCURRED BETWEEN THE SOUTHERN
    TIP OF KODIAK ISLAND AND CORDOVA ALASKA. THE EARTHQUAKE GENERATED A
    TSUNAMI FELT THROUGHOUT THE PACIFIC OCEAN INCLUDING THE COASTS OF
    WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN CANADA.

    THIS EARTHQUAKE WAS WHAT IS CALLED A DISTANT TSUNAMI SOURCE...ONE
    THAT IS NOT FELT LOCALLY. A LOCAL TSUNAMI EVENT SUCH AS A CASCADIA
    SUBDUCTION ZONE EARTHQUAKE JUST OFF THE COAST WOULD PRODUCE
    SIGNIFICANT GROUND FELT SHAKING...LASTING FOR TWO TO FIVE MINUTES. 
    MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LOCAL AND
    DISTANT TSUNAMI EVENT CAN BE FOUND AT
    HTTP://WWW.EMD.WA.GOV/HAZARDS/HAZ_TSUNAMI.SHTML .

    THIS YEAR...WASHINGTONS STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ALONG WITH MANY
    OTHER NATIONAL PARTNERS WILL RECOGNIZE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS
    GREAT EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI. THE EVENT TOOK THE LIVES OF 103 PEOPLE
    IN ALASKA...FOUR IN OREGON AND 12 IN CALIFORNIA. FORTUNATELY THERE
    WERE NO DEATHS IN WASHINGTON STATE...YET THE TSUNAMI DID PRODUCE
    DAMAGE ALONG THE COAST. A COPALIS RIVER BRIDGE WAS DESTROYED ALONG
    WITH A HIGHWAY 109 BRIDGE OVER JOE CREEK. THE TSUNAMI ALSO TORE
    APART A HOUSE IN PACIFIC BEACH.

    THE WASHINGTON STATE EARTHQUAKE/TSUNAMI PROGRAM HAS A WEB SITE IN
    HONOR OF THIS EVENT ON THE WASHINGTON MILITARY DEPARTMENTS EMERGENCY
    MANAGEMENT DIVISION TSUNAMI WEB PAGE -
    HTTP://WWW.EMD.WA.GOV/HAZARDS/HAZ_TSUNAMI.SHTML . THE WEB SITE
    HIGHLIGHTS THIS EVENT AND ITS IMPACTS ALONG THE WASHINGTON COAST.

    IN ADDITION...THE WEEK OF MARCH 23-29 IS NATIONAL TSUNAMI
    PREPAREDNESS WEEK. FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION AND ALL THE FUN
    RESOURCES...VISIT
    HTTP://NTHMP.TSUNAMI.GOV/TPW/TSUNAMI-PREPAREDNESS-WEEK.HTML .

    SO THE NEXT TIME YOUR ARE ON THE WASHINGTON COAST AND SEE THOSE
    TSUNAMI ROAD SIGNS...YOU WILL BE BETTER PREPARED IN CASE A TSUNAMI
    IS GENERATED AND THREATENS THE REGION.

    $$
    BUEHNER/WALKER
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     
    Wide Area Search
    Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) PER213  - 24.00 Hours
    May 6-8, 2014  Camp Murray, WA
     
    When disaster strikes, it can be a challenge to effectively mobilize, organize, and deploy resources needed to perform wide area searches. This course is an excellent training opportunity for any jurisdiction or agency that may face such an emergency. The course content applies to a vast number of critical situations, including natural disasters or terrorist incidents.
     
    You will be instructed in practical search methods and skills so you can perform systematic searches over a large affected area. The training will include challenging exercises that mirror real life scenarios. The three-day long event will conclude with an in-depth exercise that requires participants to utilize the skills gained during the course by working through an incident from start to finish in a single operational period.
     
    The trainers delivering the course are knowledge and they are experienced emergency responders who have actively utilized wide area search techniques during some of the nation’s largest and most challenging operations, such as Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Gustav, and Rita; the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery operation; and many other incidents that required the same comprehensive strategies.
     
    Prerequisite
    There are no prerequisites for this class.  It is highly recommended participants complete:
                IS-100.a, Introduction to the ICS
                IS-200.b, FEMA ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
     
    Topics
                Preparedness and Response
                Search Management and Planning
                Mapping
                Search Strategies and Skills
                Communication
                Team Management
                Hands-on Exercise
    This course is entirely classroom based and does not require any personnel protective equipment.
     
    Audience
    The participant audience includes any agency that may respond to a major emergency, disaster or event, including:
                Search and Rescue
                Law Enforcement Officials
                Fire Department Responders
                Emergency Management Agencies
                Military Organizations
                Canine Handlers
                CERT
                Animal Rescue
     
    Finance/Admin Information:
     
    Location:  Building 91, Camp Murray, Washington (I-5 exit # 122)
     
    Schedule:  May 6-8, 2014  0800-1700 daily.  This is a 2014 Washington State SAR Conference pre-conference course.
     
    Cost:  No cost for tuition or course materials.  Students should bring note taking materials.  Travel, lodging, and meals are the student’s/agency’s responsibility.
     
    Registration:  Contact Chris Long, State SAR Coordinator (email: Chris.Long@mil.wa.gov, FAX: 253-512-7203) to register.
  • Thursday, March 06, 2014 8:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know that this is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week?  It seems the weather in Kirkland has received the memo! 

    For tips on preparing for severe weather, see http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather.

     

    Kirkland Firefighters posted this on their Facebook page yesterday:

    Special Weather Statement:

    Kirkland Firefighters want you to know that the National Weather Service is advising that several more inches of rain are expected over the next 36 hours. This will likely cause flooding and landslides.

    Expect... localized flooding and standing water in areas prone to such. Small streams and creeks will be running high.

    Be especially careful while driving and avoid driving through large areas of standing water.

    Be Careful!

    (LINK TO SPECIAL STATEMENT BELOW)

    http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=WAZ508&warncounty=WAC033&firewxzone=WAZ654&local_place1&product1=Special+Weather+Statement#.Uxc2__ldXTo
  • Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You know that smoke detectors save lives, but did you know that you can save them from ending their life in a landfill?  Although it is legal in Washington to dispose of ionization detectors in the trash, Kirkland residents are encouraged to recycle them as part of a new program offered by the City of Kirkland.  Kirkland is the first jurisdiction in Washington State to offer the collection and recycling of smoke detectors.  The collection site is located at Kirkland City Hall, Public Works Department, 123 Fifth Avenue and is open during regular business hours.

    “Smoke detectors may be the only warning you have should a fire break out in your home,” notes Kirkland’s Fire Marshal Dave Walker.  “Ensuring they function properly is vital.”  Walker encourages residents to check smoke detectors on a regular basis. The City’s Fire Prevention Division reminds residents to conduct a check when resetting their clocks on March 9, 2014 when daylight savings time begins.

    Two common types of smoke detectors found in homes are ionization and photo¬electric detectors. Ionization smoke detectors, the most common, contain a very small amount of radioactive material known as Americium 241. Photoelectric-type smoke detectors do not contain any radioactive material. Because of the long half-life of Americium 241, the amount of radioactive material in the smoke detector at the end of its certified useful life will be about the same as when it was purchased.  Smoke detectors present no danger while hanging on the wall of a home, however, when broken open in a landfill, the material can pose a health hazard.

    Detectors collected by the City will be sent to Curie Environmental, which recycles the circuit board, properly disposes Americium 241 in a designed landfill for radioactive materials, and recycles the hard plastic case and remaining metals. 

    For more information about smoke detector recycling, contact Stephanie Gowing, Kirkland’s Recycling Programs Coordinator at 425-587-3814 or sgowing@kirklandwa.gov or visit www.kirklandwa.gov/recycling.

    **NOTE** This article has been reposted from a City of Kirkland Neighborhood E-Bulletin.

  • Thursday, December 26, 2013 5:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program prepares  residents of their immediate neighborhood to help one another in the aftermath of a disaster when 911 is not available.  Neighbors, working together, can reduce the serious consequences of disaster.

    Kirkland CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is sponsoring a facilitator training on January 13, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Fire Station #26, address: 9930 124th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034.

    Participants will be taught the basics of the MYN process, including the 9-step Neighborhood Response Plan that teaches how to respond to injuries, leaking natural gas, and residents who may be isolated or frightened.

    Information will be provided that instructs how to gather your neighbors, create a map of your neighborhood, and identify the skills and equipment available.

    To register, visit www.KirklandCert.com. There is a $5 registration fee. Payment options are online. Space is on a first come basis.

    Reprint of City of Kirkland Press Release

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Local shelters offer refuge from freezing temperatures

    King County winter shelter information is maintained by the 2-1-1 Crisis Clinic at http://www.cehkc.org/scope/shelters.aspx. Please report any missing or inaccurate information.

    With temperatures dropping below freezing in many areas overnight, don't put off winter preparedness tasks. It's important to winterize your home (i.e. wrapping pipes and outdoor faucets), pack warm clothing and emergency supplies in your vehicle, and register for emergency alerts, such as:

    Find more tips and checklists at www.takewinterbystorm.org.  

    View the complete story on www.rpin.org. Posted by King County at 11/21/2013 10:27:36 AM.  Reposted by KirklandCERT at 1:01pm.

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