The threat of wildfires to Western Washington has been in the news a lot lately, and City and Fire Department officials want to encourage all residents to be prepared. Emergency notifications including wildfire response and evacuation orders will delivered to the public by text or email messaging via Nixle. To register for Nixle alerts text "98110" to 888777 or visit the Nixle website at www.nixle.com
Additional information on the City's Wildfire Emergency Response and Evacuation plan is posted below.
The Bainbridge Island Wildfire Response and Evacuation Annex was developed in partnership between the City of Bainbridge Island Emergency Management Coordinator, the Bainbridge Island Police Department, and the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. The purpose of this annex is to serve as a supplemental document to the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) that provides wildfire specific information and response procedures related to firefighting, evacuation, and emergency public information.
During a wildfire on Bainbridge Island, community members may be told to “prepare to evacuate” or be provided with “voluntary evacuation” or “mandatory evacuation” orders.
- A "voluntary evacuation" order means that the threat to lives is not yet imminent but conditions exist or such circumstances may exist in the near future. It is “recommended” that people relocate to a safer location.
- A "mandatory evacuation" order means that there is an imminent threat to life and property. People and their pets in the mandatory evacuation order zone(s) should evacuate as soon as they receive the order.
Bainbridge Island has been divided up into 12 evacuation zones. Real time information will be used to determine which evacuation zones need to be evacuated. Information regarding specific evacuation routes will be conveyed to the community based on the location of the hazard. Throughout the emergency, it will be necessary to continuously reevaluate the size and location of the danger area and, if necessary, advise the evacuation of additional areas. In general, evacuation routes will direct people to get away from the hazard area and to report to a temporary reception center or if off island evacuation is needed to head north on State Route 305 to the Agate Pass Bridge or to head to the ferry terminal in downtown.
Traffic control points will be established as needed and assigned to a commissioned law enforcement officer to maintain an orderly flow of vehicular traffic out of the affected area(s). Traffic control personnel may be supplemented with Public Works staff and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers specifically trained in traffic management procedures.