Resilience Review Column – Emergency Preparedness and All County Picnic on 8/20

Did you know Local 20/20 has a monthly column in the Port Townsend Leader? (Thank you, PT Leader!) This was done previously, and we recently restarted this.

The July column (text copied below) was all about Emergency Preparedness, and of course, the upcoming All County Picnic on August 20, 11-4, at HJ Carroll Park.

Get prepared at All County Picnic, Sunday, August 20, H.J. Carroll Park, Chimacum

By Danille Turissini

As much of the country seems to be focused on the turmoil in the other Washington, I find myself most concerned about what is happening right here in our little corner of northwest Washington. Here’s why. While the activities and decisions happening on the national stage are certainly important, I’m afraid our preoccupation with that drama is putting us at risk of neglecting our own occupation – our families, homes, neighbors, community.

The stark reality is, if, and when, disaster strikes – earthquake, tsunami, volcano, manmade – it will be up to us, you and me, to take care of each other. Politics will be the least of our concerns.

In rural areas like ours, it’s expected to take several weeks and maybe even months for the state or federal government and general service providers to get things up and running again. Please note, “up and running” is not synonymous with returning to our sense of normalcy; we’re talking, just the basic necessities. The best case scenario will be if each of us takes responsibility for preparing our own households, which will in turn put us all in a better position for helping each other.

All things considered, it’s imperative that we prepare our minds for what to expect and what do, our pantries for what we’ll need, and focus our hearts on how we can help others do the same in order to lessen the turmoil that will follow a natural disaster. The time to start getting ready is today.

What about you? Are you paying attention to the home front and the warnings? Are you prepared? If your answer is “No”, please make every effort to change your status!

Here are a few first steps to help you and your family get prepared, as well as help your neighbors:

  1. Attend the annual All County Picnic on Sunday, August 20, at H.J. Carroll Park in Chimacum! This is not only a fun way for you and your family to learn more about how to prepare for a disaster, but you will also be entertained and have the opportunity to savor some tasty local food. Invite your neighbors to join you!
  2. While you’re at the All County Picnic, visit our “Organized Neighborhoods – Best Practices” booth. Visit or to learn more.”
  3. Don’t delay, start preparing TODAY! Visit the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (JCDEM) website at preparedness.htm to learn more about how to appropriately plan and prepare for a disaster in our area.


Bio: Danille Turissini has lived in east Jefferson County since 2001 and is a volunteer within the Local 20/20 countywide network for Neighborhood Preparedness (NPREP). She is also the Volunteer Director Emergency Management for Port Ludlow.



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