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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
"3 days, 3 ways, are you ready?" Prepare for a major event emergency.
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Everyone has been following the devastation caused by the hurricanes in the
Gulf Coast area. We are not likely to have a hurricane but that does not mean
that we are immune from experiencing disasters. Earthquakes, floods, volcanic
and ice storms, plus accidents or criminal acts or acts of terrorism could all
be visited upon us here in Kittitas County.
The Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management as well as other County and
municipal departments work with Washington State agencies to plan, equip, train
for, and practice our response to emergency situations. Kittitas County updates
and maintains the County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
Kittitas County has taken the lead in a number of areas. We have worked WASPC
to map schools and other crucial structures. We have worked with EMS, the health
Department and Hospitals on biological issues and mass casualty exercises. We
have acquired new communication equipment and Mobile data Computers for all
local law enforcement to better communicate during disasters. We have assigned a
full time emergency management specialist to work with other agencies and
departments on training and preparing for emergencies. We meet regularly with
other agencies to share intelligence information and training opportunities.
As part of our emergency plan for the Sheriff's Office, we will assigned a
liaison to support the families of employees, so that our people can devote
their full attention to the emergency needs of the community. Finally, the Sheriff's through Kittitas County Search and Rescue has
trained and oversees the CERT or Citizens Emergency Response Teams. These
volunteers are trained in how they can best help emergency workers and citizens
during a disaster. In these and other ways, Kittitas County and your Sheriff's
Office are ahead of other jurisdictions in preparing for disasters of all kinds.
Of course, we want to encourage each of you to be prepared in your own homes
and in your own neighborhoods. Every household should have at least 72 hours of
food and water stored for each member of the family. Flashlights, warm clothing
and other essentials should be available as well. If disaster strikes, up to the
minute information can be obtained by tuning to local radio stations and the
National Weather channels.
In the Sheriff's Office, we work hard on disaster preparedness. With
well-trained and dedicated personnel and organized, well-prepared citizens, we
can work together to minimize the danger and damage of any emergency we face.
Please contact our office for a free Disaster Preparation Handbook. For more information contact Operations
Commander Darren Higashiyama at 509-933-8206 or contact Washington State Emergency Management (800)
562-6108 or visit their Web site at http://www.emd.wa.gov/.
* Were intentionally omitted to stay consistent with FEMA's plan
development guidelines. FEMA plans to add these ESF's in the future,
however they have not been assigned under current plan guidance.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.