Bainbridge Island will be a recognized leader in preparedness in Washington State
Preparedness is an essential element for communities to be resilient and able to withstand and recover from crisis, whether natural or man-made. Due to the level of risk and potential complications associated with being an island community, it is of the utmost importance that the concept of preparedness is embraced as a value in our community and institutionalized among City staff and partner organizations.
In an effort to accomplish the above, staff have developed a new preparedness vision, that Bainbridge Island will be the most prepared community in Washington State. We have established an initial set of criteria which can be used to measure our level of preparedness and will enable us to reach this goal by the end of 2018 through widespread involvement with island districts, citizens, businesses and nonprofits. These criteria are still under development and may change as we being to move forward.
Preliminary Goals to be Accomplished by December, 2018:
- All households will equip themselves to survive without access to electricity, running water, or access to the grocery store for 14 days’ minimum
- All neighborhoods will be covered by a neighborhood plan
- All businesses will be covered by a continuity plan
- All non-profit and faith-based organizations will be covered by an emergency plan
- The City will update the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to ensure:
- Memorandum of Agreement/Understanding are in place with strategic businesses and response agencies
- Authority is clearly defined
- Role of Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is clearly defined
- Every agency, organization, business and individual will know what is expected of them at such time an Emergency Proclamation is made
- The City will supply and maintain an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which will be fully functional within 30 minutes of an Emergency Declaration and capable of sustained 24 hour operations for a minimum of 4 weeks