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Speakers: Helen Ahrens-Byington, Deputy Fire Chief/City Emergency Manager, City of
Stephanie Day, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, City of Kirkland; This presentation will describe working with partners to reach vulnerable populations to help get
them prepared for a disaster. The City received donated funds to help prepare the community.
Kirkland partnered with Hopelink food bank to distribute preparedness kits to families in need.
Then they partnered with Transitional Housing to distribute more preparedness backpacks. The
kits were not just given to the person but they got to participate in building the kit to meet their
family size. Many volunteers from the community came to assist in the building of the kits.