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Upcoming Interactive Disaster Preparedness Events

January 11, 2016

Game Day Hosted by KECT

“Ham it up” and join the Kirkland Emergency Communications Team (KECT) for a fun morning playing with radio equipment. This event is designed to introduce those interested in ham radio to get a hands-on experience in a playful but structured manner. Exercises are designed to learn about critical communication relays, different types of equipment and the use of such equipment in an emergency. All are welcome. 

What:              Game Day 
When:              January 30th, 2016, 9:00-noon
Where:            Inglewood Presbyterian Church
Contact:           mary@defriel.com or 425-802-1881

Disaster Open House, Feb. 6: Survive and Thrive after a Disaster

The City of Kirkland Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Kirkland CERT (Community Emergency Response Team are hosting a Disaster Open House where you’ll learn how to survive and thrive after a disaster. The event is Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, starting at 10 a.m., Kirkland City Hall, Council Chambers. Interactive vignettes will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. For more information, contact OEM at 425-587-3650.

CERT Training starts Feb. 17; Register now

Kirkland CERT and the Kirkland OEM are now accepting registration for the spring 2016 class.  This eight week course will start on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 and will be held the following seven Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center.  The Final Simulation Drill (required) will take place on April 16, 2016, from 2:30 to 9:00 p.m. 

The CERT program educates residents in disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire suppression, light search and rescue, team organization,and disaster medical operations.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during the exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not available to help.

The cost for the eight week course is $35 for those who live, work or go to school in Kirkland; $50 for those outside of Kirkland. Participants will receive a manual, helmet, reflective vest, backpack and other emergency supplies.  The program is sponsored by Kirkland CERT, the Kirkland Office of Emergency Management and the Greater Kirkland Citizen Corps Council.

To register, go to KirklandCERT.comlinks to external site. For information e-mail Christina Brugman at CBrugman@Kirklandwa.gov.