Emergency Preparedness

City Public Information

During a weather event, public information will be available:

City recreation programs will be cancelled, if necessary, per Lake Washington School District’s school cancellation policy.
Subscribe to the News Room List Serv to receive storm updates: Click Here

Power

If you see a downed power line, stay away and report it by calling PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or calling 9-1-1.

PSE electricity outage map is updated every 15 mins. with status of outages: PSE outage map

PSE has an app for mobile devices at all App Stores. Look for Puget Sound Energy or My PSE.

Report Hazards

To report road, sewer, flooding and stormwater hazards within Kirkland City limits, please call 425-587-3900 (24/hour).

Garbage/Recycling

Should weather conditions delay Waste Management’s (WM) collection times, updates will be posted at www.wmnorthwest.com/weatherboard and can also be obtained by calling WM at 1-800-592-9995.

Cable/Internet

Checking Comcast for outages: Outages in Your Area

School Closures

School closures: Visit FlashAlert Newswire

Transportation

Washington Traffic & Closures: WSDOT Seattle Area Traffic & Cameras

Metro Transit Outages: King County Trip Planner

Sounder Runs Express: SoundTransit.org Rider News

Snow Response Map: Snow Routes PDF

More Links

Winter Prep: www.takewinterbystorm.org 

Earthquakes: In 2007 historian Coll Thrush and seismologist Ruth Ludwin published an article in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal that explored  the recent  indigenous-scientific collaborations taking place on earthquakes particularly here in the Pacific Northwest.  Finding Fault: Indigenous Seismology, Colonial Science, and the Rediscovery of Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Cascadia.

Learn Ham Radio – Jan 30

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Blog, Emergency Preparedness | Comments Off on Learn Ham Radio – Jan 30

Learn Ham Radio –  Jan 30

Are you interested in ham radios? The city is hosting a hands-on event for those who are interested in learning about critical communication relays, different types of equipment and the use of such equipment in an emergency. When: January 30th, 2016, 9:00-noon Where: Inglewood Presbyterian Church, 7718 NE 141st St, Kirkland Contact: mary@defriel.com or 425-802-1881

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Inclement Weather Resource Information

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Blog, Emergency Preparedness | Comments Off on Inclement Weather Resource Information

Inclement Weather Resource Information

Learn how to prevent seasonal flooding, where to get sandbags, and how inclement weather affects trash service in the City of Kirkland Newsletter with information on: – Inclement Weather Waste Collection – Extra Garbage/Recyclables after a Weather Delay – Road and Transformation information – Tips on Keeping your Storm – Drain Clean do’s and don’ts – Sandbag Filling Stations – 24/7 Spill and Flooding Hotline

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Energy & Water Workshop & Fair

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Blog, Emergency Preparedness | Comments Off on Energy & Water Workshop & Fair

Energy & Water Workshop & Fair

Interested in upgrading the lighting in your home and saving money? Come check out Kirkland’s Energy Conservation Workshop and Lighting Fair! Stop by the Peter Kirk Room on October 29th between 10am and 3pm to get low-cost LEDs, chat with PSE’s Energy Advisors, learn about water conservation from Cascade Water Alliance and more. For more information go to the Lighting Fair site: http://bit.ly/1KRSwnA Ready to make the switch to LEDs? Bring by old CFLs for easy recycling (10 per person), or new ones in packages to donate to Hopelink. This...

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CERT October Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog, Emergency Preparedness, Events | Comments Off on CERT October Newsletter

CERT October Newsletter

Community Emergency Response Team current activities, ongoing training, and volunteer opportunities. Inside the newsletter: ICS Review class on 10/12 has 17 openings. CERT Drill Volunteer registration now open.  Participate in the Great ShakeOut drill on 10/15 at 10:15am. Fire Prevention Week is 10/4 to 10/10. MYN Facilitator Training on 10/10 is full.     Volunteer Victims Needed – Sign Up Today! Click link to register: CERT Drill Volunteer Registration Volunteers are needed for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)...

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UW Tests New Earthquake Early Warning System

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Blog, Emergency Preparedness | 1 comment

UW Tests New Earthquake Early Warning System

Washington and Oregon will be covered by software program which opens testers’ computers and shows the earthquake epicenter, its magnitude, and the time before shaking. The trials will run about a year. The trial group includes Boeing, Microsoft, Sound Transit, Providence Hospital and other hospitals, transportation agencies, utilities and emergency managers. They are meeting Feb 12th to implement the trial. In Japan, similar earthquake alerts have been used to slow bullet trains to prevent derailment, trigger automated earthquake and tsunami...

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Blog, Emergency Preparedness | Comments Off on Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training

Sign-ups are now open for their Spring 2015 course. The 8-week course starts on 2/25, and the training culminates with a simulation drill on 4/25. If you’re interested, you can find more information on the city’s website:...

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The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network Online

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Blog, Emergency Preparedness, Safety | Comments Off on The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network Online

Did the ground shake for you? Perhaps it was your love being near. Perhaps it was a seismic event. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network has put the Inglemoor High School’s monitoring site online. You can see the latest charts and previous ones at:  http://pnsn.org/seismogram/current/nihs

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Prone to Earthquake? Slide? Liquification?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Blog, Emergency Preparedness | Comments Off on Prone to Earthquake? Slide? Liquification?

King County now provides hazard maps and data for flood, dam failure, earthquake, liquefaction, lahar, severe weather, wildfire, and landslide. Click here to view Hazard Maps on King County’s website. The good news is that we are safe from most of these problems but there are landslide areas on Finn Hill and precautions should be taken. The map is based on a variety of criteria including any area with a combination of greater than 15% slope, impermeable soils with frequent bands of granular soil, and springs or groundwater seepage....

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Make Winter Luck

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Blog, Emergency Preparedness | Comments Off on Make Winter Luck

Someone once said “Luck is the precipitation of good preparation.” The King County Office of Emergency Management has a three step plan for creating your own luck: Make a Plan Build A Kit Get Involved and Stay Informed. Plan Make a plan to communicate by designating an out-of-area contact that everyone in your family will communicate with if separated. Make a plan for alternate ways home if roads are blocked or closed due to ice, snow, downed trees, and downed power lines. Take a look at the snow priority maps of the areas you travel through....

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The Inside Scoop on Kirkland’s Plowing

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Blog, Emergency Preparedness | Comments Off on The Inside Scoop on Kirkland’s Plowing

The Inside Scoop on Kirkland’s Plowing

When snow falls this winter you can navigate to the best streets by knowing Kirkland’s snowplow plan. Firstly, snow and ice removal is on roads near Evergreen Hospital, those leading to and from I-405, transit routes, schools and fire stations. Secondly, arterials with above normal traffic are plowed. Thirdly, steep and hilly public roadways that are difficult to maintain will be closed so steer around them. Make a snow day plan now Find the routes that give you the best chance of getting around. Checkout the map below or at: SnowRoutes Get...

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