Annual Report 2014

GKCCC Annual Report 2014  Annual Meeting: November 17, 2014  Fiscal Year: November 1st to October 31st

Mission Statement “The mission of the Greater Kirkland Citizen Corps Council is to build a safer, more resilient community by helping to coordinate the preparedness efforts of local leaders, community groups, citizen volunteers, and the Kirkland Office of Emergency Management in responding to disasters of all kinds by harnessing the power of involved citizens.”

Financial Report This year’s financial activity included transferring GKCCC business from Bank of America to Wells Fargo, creating a PayPal account, establishing online payment capability with website, as well as creating and maintaining the expenses spreadsheet. The Wells Fargo bank account balance as of October 21, 2014 was $2,880.43 The PayPal account balance as of October 30, 2014 was $1,272.55



Class registration fees: $1490.00 Employer matching funds and donations: $1548.00 Other income: $15.00

Ongoing education classes: $20.00 CERT: $830.17 Equipment (Projector) $620.23 Administrative: $10.00 Website domain registration: $33.22 Wild Apricot (website): $882.63


2014 Officers Officers were originally elected during the October 2012 Annual Meeting. All officers have fulfilled the responsibilities of their roles since then. Elections for 2015 will be held during the November 17, 2014 Annual Meeting.


Christina Brugman Karen Lightfeldt Jennifer Mahan Debra Peterson Roland White

Committees of the Board Committees of the Board were established in 2014 so that the leaders of Kirkland’s Office of Emergency Management and Volunteer Programs are able to build relationships and coordinate preparedness efforts. Committees Kirkland Office of Emergency Management Amateur Radio Emergency Services Community Emergency Response Team Map Your Neighborhood

Committee Directors Pattijean Hooper, Ph.D. Bob Morrisson & Anna Hersey Christina Brugman Susan Vossler

Evergreen Healthiest Best Fair, May 2014


Kirkland Office of Emergency Management The City of Kirkland's Office of Emergency Management works in partnership with the community to provide useful & universally accessible means of readiness, response & recovery for all hazards.

Volunteer Programs Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), also known as Kirkland Emergency Communications Team (KECT), works in partnership with Kirkland’s Office of Emergency Management and the community as a communication support function as needed for readiness/preparation, response, & recovery for all hazards.

Kirkland's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a FEMA-based curriculum designed to teach citizens of all ages and abilities how to help themselves, their families, and their neighbors during a disaster when professional first responders, like police, fire, and medical services, are overwhelmed. Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a statewide disaster preparedness program that empowers neighborhoods to prepare for emergencies and disaster situations. The program helps save lives, reduces the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduces property damage. In addition, working together as a team and contributing as an individual develops stronger communities and improves the quality of life in Kirkland.


GKCCC Accomplishments   

Worked with OEM to keep the importance of disaster preparedness in front of the residents of Kirkland. Regular board meetings held five times a year, plus annual meeting. Formed committees and invited directors for Kirkland OEM, ARES/KECT, and MYN. CERT leaders were already elected GKCCC officers. Fire Corps was invited, but has not decided to become an active member of GKCCC at this time. Online document repository via DropBox maintained.

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April 5, 2014 - Viva Volunteers! April 26, 2014 – Community Future Day May 17, 2014 - Evergreen Healthiest Best Fair May 31, 2014 - Justice Center Grand Opening June 27, July 25, and August 22, 2014 - Juanita Friday Market August 24, 2014 - Everest Neighborhood Picnic September 7, 2014 – DennyFest at O.O. Denny Park

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January 13, 2014 MYN Facilitator training, 19 participants October 9, 2014 MYN Facilitator training, 16 participants

Juanita Friday Market, July 2014

Everest Neighborhood Picnic, August 2014


CERT Accomplishments Trainings and Drills • CERT class registration was upgraded from labor-intensive manual process to online registration via website. • CERT 16, Fall 2013 class 28 graduates and 28 drill volunteers. • CERT 17, Spring 2014 class had 18 graduates and 22 drill volunteers. • ARES participated in CERT17 final drill, promoting collaboration between the groups. • ARES / CERT conducted a joint “Windshield Survey” exercise on November 30, 2013. Meetings • Neighborhood CERT Team Kick-Off Meeting, November 9, 2013 – website debuted. • CERT Retreat at Bastyr University, August 23, 2014 - attended by 20+ CERTs. • Finn Hill and Central Houghton neighborhood CERT teams held meetings. Ongoing Education Classes • February 26, 2014 - Gas & Electric Safety, 20 participants • March 12, 2014 - Water Safety and Storage, 24 participants • March 22, 2014 – Disaster medical operations I and II Review, 13 participants • May 28, 2014 - Haute Cuisine in a Disaster, 17 participants • May 29 – July 17, 2014 - Hero House Training (Todd helped instruct) • August 9 and 10, 2014 –CERT Expo, Christina and Pattijean attended on Saturday, Jen judged documentation in the CERT Olympics on Sunday. Other • Social Media: Facebook Page has 80 “Likes” • August 31, 2014 - CERT ALS Ice Helmet Challenge raised hundreds of dollars. • Jen attended Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference in April 2014 and the Washington State Emergency Management Association Conference in September 2014. Jen was awarded the Joel Aggergaard Memorial Scholarship at the WSEMA conference. • Spent $8000+ of Kirkland CERT budget on much-needed items for the program. • Promoted Medical Reserve Corps Recruiting Meeting 9/18/14 on CERT Website.

Haute Cuisine in a Disaster, May 2014


CERT Training and Drills

CERT 17 Drill, April 2014

CERT 17 Week 8 Class, April 2014

CERT ALS Ice Helmet Challenge, August 2014


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Conducted monthly meetings. Held Sunday night nets and checked in to King County ARES nets. Leadership was transferred from Bob to Anna in September 2014. Attended Medical Reserve Corps meeting to see how we might work with them. Attended two Fire Corps meetings to start a relationship between the two programs. From January 2014 to October 2014 ARES reports: 1735.24 volunteer hours, 3192.4 miles, 25 active members, and 49 members total. Participated in all GKCCC public outreach events. ARES members and leadership attended numerous classes/events such as ACES training, AuxComm training, ICS 300 and ICS 400, Social Media training, Communications Academy, and CERT Expo. Held a recruiting drive in September 2014.


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Hired a new Emergency Manager and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Social Media Graduate Intern. Established OEM mission statement, vision, and logo. Established social media platform and training. Supported response and recovery operations for the SR530 Landslide. Presented emergency preparedness training to the Senior Center, Alliance for People with DisAbilities, Hero House, the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club, Market Street Map your Neighborhood Group, Kirkland Association of Neighborhoods, attended community picnics. Participated in Emergency Planning with the Disability Community. Participated in Regional Catastrophic Mass Sheltering Exercise. Completed the Emergency Management Preparedness Grant. Completed the Kirkland Annex to the King County Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Participated in regional THIRA planning. Established an3 NIMS Implementation Plan with the State of WA. Participated in poverty simulation training. Participated in Cascadia Subduction Zone 2016 Catastrophic Earthquake and Tsunami Exercise Kick off meeting. Active member of Zone 1 Emergency Managers group. Partnered with Lake Washington PTSA. Partnered with Seattle King County Public Health Vulnerable Populations Outreach team. Finalized installation of the community generator at Inglewood Presbyterian Church. Established an Active Shooter Committee for city of Kirkland. Involved in Citizen Corps Council, CERT, ARES and Fire Corps volunteer groups. Partnered with HopeLink for Equitable Transportation plan. Established partnerships with Tzu Chi Foundation, Kirkland Boys and Girls Club, Kirkland Senior Council. Sponsored King County Public Health Reserve Corps recruitment. Supported NOAA Weather Watchers training outreach. Partnered with City of Redmond for Active Shooter SIM Cell exercise. Joined the WA State Legislative Committee (WSEMA). Attended WSEMA Conference.


Looking Forward: 2015 Goals   

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Greater collaboration between Kirkland OEM and volunteer programs: ARES, CERT, MYN. Support Kirkland OEM with exercises. CERT will have an active and formal role in Kirkland EOC activations. Kirkland Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) will include CERT. Continue offering two CERT classes a year. Expand the reach of the Kirkland CERT program in cooperation with Kirkland OEM. Maintain and upgrade membership management database and website. Increase Social Media presence and expand emergency awareness / education in the community. Establish scholarships for CERT trainings and annual CERT Expo. Gather and organize data on existing MYN communities and continue to promote MYN. Establish CERT “command center” at Inglewood Presbyterian Church. Incorporate skills inventory in CERT member management database. Promote CERT neighborhood team member participation in their neighborhood CERT teams so they are prepared to react in a disaster. Develop CERT Neighborhood Network:     

Monthly neighborhood meetings Establish neighborhood emergency centers (Points of Distribution) and conduct twice yearly tours Semi-annual neighborhood meeting place gatherings Interactive neighborhood maps on the website neighborhood team member pages Conduct periodic turn-out drills Invite neighborhoods to tour the EOC on specific dates

Encourage CERT attendance in their respective neighborhood association meetings.