Olympia, Wash. -- Washington Emergency Management Director Glen Woodbury today announced that Washington State is expanding its partnership in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) efforts to prevent damage and loss of life from natural disasters. Kitsap County was nominated by Governor Locke and has been selected by FEMA Director James Lee Witt to join nearly 200 communities participating in FEMA's nationwide Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities initiative.
"Project Impact is all about forging local stakeholder partnerships, prioritizing hazards, pooling resources and taking action," said Woodbury. "Kitsap County has already established strong partnerships through citizen groups, businesses and government leaders, and has repeatedly demonstrated a solid commitment to pre-disaster mitigation and preparedness. They're a 'natural' for Project Impact!"
FEMA Regional Director David L. de Courcy, concurs. "Kitsap County started 'Kitsap Practices Responsible Emergency Management (K-PREP)' in 1991 and has enrolled over 200 neighborhoods, 92 schools and over 100 businesses as active partners," said de Courcy. "They've already implemented a critical-areas ordinance that prohibits development in hazardous or geologically sensitive areas, and their comprehensive 'Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan' for addressing natural and technological hazards is already a model for other communities. Project Impact is a logical next step."