In times of major disasters such as earthquakes, families are often displaced from their homes because the structure is unsafe. Shelters are set up to take in displaced persons during a disaster. In other disasters, it may be necessary for residents to remain in their homes or at their business.
The City of Kirkland has a working relationship with the Red Cross in shelter planning and management. Several Kirkland community members are trained in shelter management.
In the event the City establishes an emergency shelter for disaster survivors, information on the location, hours of operations and rules will be made available and distributed via media (TV, social media, and radio).
The Office of Emergency Management has identified buildings within the City of Kirkland that could be used as emergency shelters. It is not possible to publicly predesignate these buildings as they may not be deemed safe following a disaster.
Some Shelter Basics
- Identification required
- Check in/out required
- Meals may be provided
- Pets other than service animals may not be allowed in the shelter but pet shelters may be available nearby
Shelter In Place
Depending on the situation, there are times where it might simply be best to remain where you are - home, work, school - and avoid potential outside dangers. In such cases, use common sense to determine whether or not staying put is the safest option for you and your family. The City might also instruct you to shelter yourself within your home or business premises. This is called “shelter in place” or "staying put." Below are the suggested guideline for staying put:
- Bring your family and pets inside.
- Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. You should watch TV, listen to the radio, or check social media often for official news and instructions as they become available.