Kirkland Finalist for National Award

City-Community Map-Your-Neighborhood Event Recognized


On August 10, 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the finalists for its 2010 National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards – Celebrating Resilient Communities.

The Peter Kirk Elementary School, Map Your Neighborhood Event in Kirkland has been recognized for its exemplary community preparedness effort and was selected as a finalist in the category “Preparing the Public Award.”

The Kirkland event was chosen as a national 2010 finalist, based on volunteer support for the vision* and mission** of Kirkland’s Office of Emergency Management and for local partnerships that help create a resilient community. (See original news release regarding event, attached below.)

As a finalist, this event also exemplifies excellence in community emergency planning, fostering successful public-private partnerships, prioritizing collaboration, demonstrating creative and innovative local problem solving and implementing sound programs that can be modeled for use by other communities.

*Vision: The City of Kirkland’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will provide leadership in promoting a community that is resilient in the event of a disaster.

**Mission: To create and sustain partnerships that support disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to become a resilient community.


Award winners will be announced in September as part of National Preparedness Month. They will attend a Community Resilience Roundtable in Washington, D.C., with national leaders in emergency management, including FEMA, the National Emergency Management Association, and the International Association of Emergency Managers. Led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, National Preparedness Month is held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.


The Peter Kirk Elementary School, Map Your Neighborhood event was the result of a partnership between the City of Kirkland’s Office of Emergency Management, under the leadership of Emergency Manager, Helen Ahrens Byington; Peter Kirk Elementary School, under the leadership of Principal, Sandy Dennehy; local volunteers, under the leadership of Kirkland resident, Liv Grohn; and Puget Sound Energy.