About Edmonds Emergency Preparedness Association
In October 2015, five members of two local churches organized into a steering team to help the Edmonds community prepare for a disaster. Working under the guidance of Snohomish County Fire District One as Fire Corps volunteers, the team has focused on emergency training plus helping church members, neighbors and local businesses to share information and prepare. They call themselves the E Team.
EEPA grew into a loose knit association of churches, the chamber of commerce, local emergency response agencies and neighbors coordinated by the E Team. Households and businesses are encouraged by EEPA to prepare by gathering emergency supplies plus being educated and trained in emergency procedures including helping their neighbors to also prepare and respond in an emergency. An example of neighbor helping neighbor to prepare is through church members reaching out to their nearest neighbors. EEPA members don’t need to join Fire Corp in order to simply help their family, friends, neighbors or customers prepare for an emergency.
Ready Sunday- This is a joint event by Fire District One at a participating church to encourage church members to be prepared and help others to do the same.
Fire Corps Program - This is Snohomish County Fire District 1’s umbrella for all of the Southwest Snohomish County Emergency Preparedness/Community Readiness volunteer activities, including the Snohomish County Zone 1 CERT Team, of which Snohomish County Fire District 1 is the coordinator. Fire Corps member will also be providing prep info at Edmonds Farmers Markets.
CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) - CERT training is recommended for citizens interested in becoming a valuable resource extension of local emergency service agencies as disaster volunteers in the event of a variety of emergencies. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.