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Edition Date: December 18, 2006
Sheriff’s deputies to receive emergency kits
from King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert

All King County Sheriff’s deputies will be eligible to receive donated emergency preparedness first-responder kits to keep in their vehicles following the Metropolitan King County Council’s approval Monday of a motion to accept donated kits.

The offer to coordinate the donation of emergency kits came from Success Marketing/American Preparedness of Seattle. The company produces first-responder kits for the American Red Cross, government and business agencies. The kits contain basic 72-hour survival supplies such as food, water and first-aid supplies.

“I would like to express my gratitude to American Preparedness for helping King County’s deputies to be able to survive and respond in case of a disaster,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert, who introduced the motion to accept the donation. “One of the lessons we learned from Hurricane Katrina is that first responders have survival needs also. This donation will ensure that our deputies will be able to fulfill their first responder roles, even if stranded in the field by severe storms, earthquake damage or flooding.”

The donation of emergency kits is valued at about $40,000. American Preparedness will be accepting contributions toward the cost of the kits.

“I am very happy to be able to accept these donated kits on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office and all of our deputies,” said King County Sheriff Sue Rahr. “Those men and women who are on the front lines, risking their lives every day, deserve all the tools we can give them.”

Lambert said, “Just in time for the holiday season, this gift will help King County remain one of the most prepared jurisdictions in the entire country to respond to any emergency or disaster,” said. “I urge all King County residents to prepare themselves and their families, and to consider giving emergency preparedness supplies or kits for the holidays this year.”