CERT Program of Kirkland, WA


  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you like the weather? Would you have an interest in helping the National Weather Service meet its mission of saving lives and property?

    Then become a weather spotter! Every fall we hold training sessions for those interested in becoming spotters.

    For this years' training session locations and dates, visit this link: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sew/SpotterTrain1.php

    *reposted from the National Weather Service*


  • Tuesday, October 07, 2014 8:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    10 Days until the Great Washington ShakeOut drill on Oct 16, 2014 at 10:16 am, where we 'get to' practice, lead, demonstrate how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On as well as focus on Tsunami actions. Are you registered? You should be....at work, at home, at school, at church, or wherever you can help raise awareness. Please help us (WA State) get to our goal of 1M registered who intend to participate.

    Learn more here -----> www.shakeout.org/washington

  • Friday, September 12, 2014 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Repost from Ready.gov

    Be Disaster Aware, Take Action To Prepare.

    During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1-30th.

    What you can do to promote National Preparedness Month:

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect from 5 p.m. this afternoon to 5 p.m. PDT Tuesday for Western Washington including the City of Kirkland. 

    A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will be shortly.

    A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm weather temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. 

    Thunderstorms are expected to develop first along the Cascade Crest this afternoon spreading north and west by tonight. The risk for thunderstorms is expected to remain over the watch area through Tuesday evening, when thunderstorm activity is expected to diminish in favor of showers.


    Potential Impacts:

    Any fires that develop late this morning and this afternoon will likely spread rapidly.

    Outdoor burning is not recommended.

    Lighting associated with storms tonight through Tuesday evening may start new fires due to the warm and dry conditions of the past two weeks.

    This information is being provided for regional and local situational awareness.  The Seattle Weather Service may issue subsequent warnings.


    For further information:


    http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=sew&wwa=red flag warning 

  • Saturday, August 02, 2014 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Residents of Toledo, OH have been banned from using tap water due to contamination of the supply from an algae bloom in Lake Erie.  Boiling the water is not a solution because it serves to concentrate the toxin, rather than eliminating it.  Bottled water sold out within hours of the ban. 

    For more information about Toledo's water supply contamination and the State of Emergency that was declared as a result, click here:

    For more information about water storage, click here:

    Pets are people, too!

  • Friday, July 25, 2014 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hartford, Conn. – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that increases cooperation between FEMA and ARRL in the area of disaster communication.  FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed the agreement during the ARRL National Centennial Convention at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

    This agreement will allow FEMA and ARRL to work together to provide resources, services and personnel, as available, in order to strengthen capacity in areas of emergency communications, mass care and emergency assistance, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, while also raising public awareness about the use of Amateur Radio as a public safety resource.

    “Radio is one of the most resilient communications technologies we have,” Fugate said. “When the power is out and telecommunications are down, the Amateur Radio community can serve as a vital resource in support of emergency responders and survivors during a disaster.  This MOA will strengthen FEMA’s partnership with ARRL and build upon our work to expand emergency communications capabilities and the use of Amateur Radio in emergency management.”

    The agreement outlines the ways in which FEMA and ARRL will cooperate to carry out their respective responsibilities, with respect to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. The agreement sets forth the terms by which FEMA and ARRL will provide resources, services and personnel, as available, in order to strengthen capacity in areas of emergency communications, mass care and emergency assistance, disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

    “From the earliest days of experimentation with radio to the present time, amateur radio volunteers have combined their passion for exploring radio technology with their devotion to assisting the governmental and charitable agencies that respond to disaster,” Craigie said. “This combination of inventiveness and service has saved lives for a century. We look forward to working with FEMA to further develop opportunities for trained, equipped and prepared amateur radio operators to serve the public interest whenever and wherever disasters affect our country and its communities.”

    Amateur Radio operators have been responding to disasters since the beginning of the Amateur Service in the early 1900s. Through the ARRL-sponsored Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and other groups, federally licensed Amateur Radio operators have volunteered their time, equipment and expertise to their communities and country for all kinds of public service events and disaster efforts.

    Following recent events, ARRL has supported local communities as they prepare for and recover from the devastation caused by disasters. As part of this agreement, FEMA and ARRL will strengthen their partnership and encourage first responders and citizens to consider joining the ranks of radio amateurs and their long and legendary history of public service to the nation.

    FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. More information is available from www.fema.gov.

    The ARRL's mission is based on five core areas, or "pillars": Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership. Founded in 1914, the American Radio Relay League is the national association for amateur radio in the USA. Today, with more than 164,000 members, the ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world. More information is available at www.arrl.org.


    Reposted from: http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2014/07/18/fema-arrl-announce-disaster-communication-partnership

    Release date: July 18, 2014  
    Release Number: HQ-2014-51    
  • Friday, July 11, 2014 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Excessive heat advisory has been issued. Expect temperatures in the 90's for the next several days. Tips to stay safe.

    The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory, forecasting high humidity and temperatures reaching the 90's over the next several days. These conditions can lead to an increased danger of heat-related illnesses. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Read more at http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare/residents-business/Hazards_Disasters/ExtremeHeat.aspx.

    National Weather Service advisory: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=sew&wwa=heat%20advisory

    City of Seattle bulletin issued earlier today: http://murray.seattle.gov/city-of-seattle-offers-services-during-heat-wave/

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Watch the video now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aci5kB0v78I 

    Following is a press release from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM):

    IAEM Announces Winners of 2014 Global Awards Competition
    July 11, 2014 (Falls Church, Va.) – The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) has announced the winners of its IAEM-Global 2014 Awards Competition. The awards will be presented at the IAEM 62nd Annual Conference & EMEX 2014, Nov. 14-19, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.
    The IAEM-Global Awards & Recognition Work Group is pleased to announce two 2014 Global Awards:
    The 2014 IAEM-Global Public Awareness Award, Division 1 winner is the City of Bellevue (Washington) Office of Emergency Management, for its “Ways to Survive” animated music video. The video shows individuals how to survive an earthquake, winter storm, power outage, and terrorist event – and was designed to reach everyone, as diversity and population ratios of Bellevue have increased in the last decade. The Public Awareness Awards recognize outstanding public awareness programs or public education products related to emergency management, homeland security, and/or disaster preparedness.
     The 2014 IAEM-Global Technology & Innovation Award, Division 2 winner is Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (New Zealand) for its use of social media as an engagement tool to help build strong communities, promote disaster preparedness through clever marketing, and communicate official emergency management information during and after an event. The agency’s innovative approach to building an audience before an event has helped to redefine the meaning of Social Media Emergency Management (SMEM) and has created the largest following on Facebook for an emergency management office in the world per capita. With nearly 39,000 followers, WREMO regularly engages with more than 8% of the Wellington region and has developed an SMEM guide that any organization can adopt. The IAEM-Global Technology & Innovation Awards recognize the development of technology and innovation to improve emergency management operations, public education, or the emergency management/homeland security field.
    Learn more about the IAEM Council and Global Awards Competitions at www.iaem.com/Awards, where information about all IAEM awards is posted.
    The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which has more than 6,000 members in 58 countries, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters. IAEM provides: access to the largest network of emergency management experts who can provide advice and assistance; the Certified Emergency Manager® program; annual scholarships; a comprehensive monthly newsletter; and more. Visit www.iaem.com for details.

  • Monday, May 26, 2014 12:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Training Event for King County Sheriff’s Office Metro Deputies
    07/16/14 (Hours of operation to be announced)
    Metro South Base Training Center
    11911 East Marginal Way S., Tukwila, WA 98168

    Hello all,
    We’ve finished the initial planning phase for a large training scenario that will take place later this summer for our Metro Transit Police Deputies.
    We will need as much help as we can get. This should be a fairly fun, exciting day. Since it is during the summer, if your kids are out of school and you would like them to participate, they are welcome to do so. The scenario that we will be running will call for numerous victims of an attack on multiple Metro Coaches.
    I will be forwarding more information as we get closer to the date.
    For now, we need people from all ages and walks of life. We would like to fill at least two buses with passengers, and as is the case in real life, having senior citizens, students and children present in the group only enhances the reality.

    If you have any experience in Moulage, Please let me know. We could certainly use your services.

    Sergeant Patrick McCurdy
    King County Sheriff's Office
    Metro Division Patrol Operations
    Seattle, WA

  • Monday, May 19, 2014 7:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a release from King County:

    Someone who has a cardiac arrest in King County has a greater chance of survival than anyone else in the world, according the latest analysis by county officials. The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013. By comparison, the cardiac survival rates in New York City, Chicago, and other urban areas have been recorded in the single digits.

    “People are alive today in King County who would not have survived in most other places in the country,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Our system delivers rapid, high-quality critical care wherever you are.”

    King County’s success in saving lives is based in a coordinated, regional system where everyone – dispatchers, first responders, fire departments, law enforcement, paramedics, urgent care centers, and others – is guided by consistent medical direction and evidence-based practice.

    To continue reading, please click the following link.  You will be taken to Kirkland Reporter's website.  http://www.kirklandreporter.com/news/259847031.html?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialmedia

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