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City Preparedness

The City of Kirkland uses an all hazards approach to disaster management. Our region is susceptible to a multitude of hazards, so taking an all-hazards approach allows the City to prepare for all incidents that may occur in the Pacific Northwest.  
 
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is the focal point for emergency management planning in the City, but emergency management responsibilities in the City of Kirkland extend beyond the OEM to all municipal government departments and staff. The City's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan provides a detailed description of the areas in which the City government takes an active role in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters.
 
Emergency Management ultimately extends to each individual in the community and to every business and community-based organization within the City of Kirkland. We believe that preparing for disasters is a community-wide responsibility and it is the City’s intent to foster that philosophy at all levels.

When an emergency turns into a disaster, that is, when local resources are overwhelmed, the City turns to regional, county, and state level partners to manage the incident and to continue to provide for the community. In the event of a major disaster, resources will be coordinated by personnel from the City and other local and/or state agencies that will assist with the response and recovery efforts.
 
During disasters, the City will utilize an After-Hours Public information Line (425) 587-3637, the City's website, and social media to disseminate information pertaining to the emergency.

Contact Information

Kirkland’s Office of Emergency Management is co-located with the Fire Department’s administrative offices on the upper level of City Hall at 123 5th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033.

Helen Ahrens-Byington, Deputy Fire Chief
hahrens@kirklandwa.gov
425-587-3603

Heather Kelly, Emergency Management
hkelly@kirklandwa.gov
425-587-3670

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Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3671