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MESSAGE from the Mayor Dear Friends, Welcome to Kent! With over 120,000 residents, Kent is the sixth largest city in the beautiful the state of Washington. And, with 138 languages being spoken in our homes, businesses and schools throughout the city, our diversity brings together people and cultures from all over the world.

in the arts, both performing and fine arts, through programs offered through Kent’s Parks and Recreation Department. And our walking/hiking/biking trail system crisscrosses the Valley adjacent to wetlands, along the Green River or through our many parks.

Visitors can’t come to Kent without taking the time to explore our historic district. Whether having a delicious meal at one of several restaurants, or taking in the quaint shops, historic downtown is sure to delight. Don’t miss it!

Another venue in Kent that offers a variety of fun events is ShoWare Center, home to the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds and the Major Arena Soccer League’s Tacoma Stars. The Birds’ and Stars’ schedule and other events can be found at ShoWareCenter.com.

From a business standpoint, Kent is a center of innovation in the Puget Sound region. Kent is home to a division of Boeing Space, Defense and Security; Blue Origin, and over 50 other aerospace companies, whose brilliant scientists and engineers are developing the worlds most advanced vehicles.

Are you a shopper? Look no further. There’s a lot of enticing retail activity on the East Hill and Meridian areas, while the West Hill retail area hosts Lowe’s and Fred Meyer. Those looking for an international flair will enjoy the Great Wall Mall at the north end of the Kent Valley which attracts people from throughout King and Pierce counties.

Become familiar with our great city by touring the City’s website at KentWA.gov. There you will find a host of civic activities, public meetings, and plethora of information about City services and upcoming community events. Another great place for information is VisitKent.com. Launched in January, it’s a brand new tourism site highlighting Kent’s top attractions.

Of course there’s downtown…most notable is Kent Station, a convenient gathering place for friends and family. With stylish clothing boutiques, theaters, dining options, and college classes, people come from all over the Puget Sound to visit. Located on James Street and Fourth Avenue, Kent Station has made our city a destination for residents, shoppers, students and tourists alike.

There you’ll find an activity that will help you stay mentally and physically healthy: golf, soccer, bowling, bicycling, hiking, softball, swimming, and fishing to name a few. Our residents can also enjoy participating

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Kent is also the proud home of Oberto Sausage Company, Inc., REI, Tazo Tea and one of Starbucks’ five roasting plants in the world. When you consider the major businesses located here, we can appreciate the variety of high-quality employment opportunities available to Kent residents. As mayor, I welcome you to our city and invite you to discover the many great things Kent has to offer.

Suzette Cooke Mayor Suzette Cooke


UTILITIES Centennial Building, 400 West Gowe, Ste 122 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 253-856-5201 Finance@kentwa.gov WASTE DISPOSAL If you do not currently receive garbage and/or recycling service, please contact Allied Waste at 253-872-7220 to establish service. LICENSES & PERMITS Kent Licensing Agency Inc: 331 Washington Ave S. 253-852-3110 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ROAD AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION Radio: 1650AM Web: www.drivekent.com. Permit Center Centennial Center Bldg. 400 W. Gowe Street 253-856-5300 VOTER REGISTRATION King County Elections 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057-2906 206-296-VOTE (8683) TTY: 206-296-0109 Fax: 206-296-0108 Weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. www.kingcounty.gov/elections. aspx POST OFFICES Downtown: 216 W Gowe St. Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Valley Vehicle Licensing: 27331 172nd Ave SE, Ste 116 253-630-7090 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

East Hill: 10612 SE 240th St. Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Department of Licensing Office: 25410 74th Ave S. 253-872-6019 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to noon

TRANSPORTATION Public Transit King County Metro: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov or call 206-553-3000 Sound Transit buses & Sounder Commuter Rail: www.soundtransit.org Local Shuttle Services Circulating Shuttle: Free shuttle serving Downtown Kent & Kent East Hill Monday to Saturday. More info: http://metro.kingcounty.gov or call 206-553-3000

Vehicle Emissions Testing 3002 A St SE Auburn, 98002 253-939-1225 805 SW 10th St. Renton, 98055 425-228-6453 Pet License Many locations throughout Kent, including: King County Animal Shelter 21615 64th Ave S. 206-296-7387 Marriage License King County Regional Justice Center 401 Fourth Ave N 206-205-7330

Midway: 23418 Pacific Highway S. Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Commuter Shuttle: Links Sounder rail with Kent Valley businesses. 918 is the route number for the Commuter Shuttle. http://metro.kingcounty.gov or 206-553-3000 CITY OF KENT City Hall: 220 4th Ave South http://www.ci.kent.wa.us/

CITY COUNCIL There are seven City Council members, each elected to fouryear terms. Their terms are staggered, with elections held every odd-numbered year. Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. except in December, when the Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month. The first meetings of the month in August and November are held at 5 p.m. FIRE STATIONS Fire Station 71: 504 West Crow Street Fire Station 72: 25620 140th Avenue SE Fire Station 73: 26512 Military Road South Fire Station 74: 24611 116th Avenue SE Fire Station 75: 15635 SE 272nd Street Fire Station 76: 20676 72nd Avenue South Fire Station 77: 20717 132nd Avenue SE Fire Station 78: 17820 SE 256th KENT LIBRARY 212 2nd Avenue N., Kent, 98032 253-859-3330 Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE For a list of accepted materials and quantity limits and restrictions, call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692. Seattle South Transfer Station: 8105 5th Ave. S. (south of the First Ave. S. Bridge), Seattle Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Auburn SuperMall: Northwest corner, 1101 SuperMall Way, Auburn Hours: 1st and 3rd full* (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) weekends, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *If the 1st is a Saturday or Sunday, the Wastemobile will not be operating CRISIS LINES 24 hour Crisis Line: 425-656-7867 Consejo Counseling: 206-461-4480 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELP Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-562-6025 (voice/TTY) YWCA Domestic Violence Advocacy line: 425-226-1266, ext. 1017


KENT RESIDENTS’ GUIDE The Kent Residents’ Guide is a special section published by the Kent Reporter. Extra copies are available at City Hall, Kent Chamber of Commerce and local libraries. Publisher: Editor: Advertising: Layout:


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EMERGENCY: 911 Tip Line (for crimes not currently in progress): 253-856-5800


ADMINISTRATION CENTER Superintendent’s Office 253-373-7701 Transportation Services 253-373-7442 Student Services 253-373-7513 Food and Nutrition Services 253-373-7275 Ombudsman Services 253-373-7117 School Board Debbie Straus, President 206-713-9719 Karen DeBruler, Vice President 425-277-6648 Maya Vengadasalam, District Director 206-465-5270 Agda Burchard, District Director 206-713-7118 Russ Hanscom, District Director 253-859-9567

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KENT at a GLANCE Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington State with a population of approximately 120,000 and covers a geographic area of 34 square miles. Named one of the “Best Places to Live” by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Kent is a culturally rich destination with well-established neighborhoods, award winning parks and great school systems making it a fantastic community to live and raise a family. Located in the heart of the Green River Valley, Kent’s breathtaking setting features views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Only seven miles from SeaTac International Airport, Kent is conveniently located 18 miles from both Seattle and Tacoma, with quick access to Interstate 5, State Route 167 and other major highways.

A Strong Local Economy As the fourth largest manufacturing and distribution center in the United States, Kent’s vibrant and diverse economy has a well-earned reputation as the economic barometer for the region.


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M–Th: 6:00 am–10:00 pm F 6:00 am–9:00 pm Sa 8:00 am–9:00 pm Call (253) 856-5000 for more information Kent Commons The Kent Commons is a public recreational facility that is home to a wide variety of physical and cultural activities. No membership fees or monthly dues are required to enjoy this public facility. Fax: (253) 856-6000 • Direction Line: (253) 856-5025

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Reception Halls, Meeting Rooms, Auditoriums The Kent Commons offers six meeting rooms and two reception halls/ auditoriums varying in size and able to accommodate groups up to 300. The double gymnasium is also available to rent for larger events. Call for availability and rental rates. Sports and Fitness Facilities available for community use within the Kent Commons Sports Complex include: •Wallyball • Handball/racquetball courts • Fully-equipped conditioning room/Nautilus weight machines, treadmills, stair climbers and exercise bikes • Mini-gym for exercise and dance classes • Double gymnasium equipped for volleyball, basketball, badminton, etc. • Showers and coin-operated lockers • Vending area with snacks and beverages


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PARKS AND PROGRAM SITES American Colleges of Mixed Martial Arts (ACMMA) 704 W. Meeker St, Kent (253) 854-7535 Arbor Heights 360 Skate Park 11525 SE 240 St Bereiter House/Greater Kent Historical Society Museum 855 E Smith St Boeing Employees Tennis Center 6727 S 199 Pl Briscoe Park, S 190 St Burlington Green W Meeker & Railroad Ave N Campus Park, Canyon Drive & S 252 St Canterbury Park, 24409 100 Ave SE Centennial Center, 400 W. Gowe St Chestnut Ridge Park, 9901 S 203 St Clark Lake Park between SE 240 & SE 248 @ 127 Ave SE East Hill Park, 10920 SE 248 Eastridge Park, 143 SE & SE 257 Fairwood Martial Arts 17134 116 Ave SE, Renton 425-255-8144

Kent Library, 212 N 2 Ave

Riverbend Golf Complex 2019 W Meeker St

Kent Lions Skate Park W Smith & Interurban Trail

Russell Road Park, 24400 Russell Rd

Kent Memorial Park Building 850 N Central Ave

Salt Air Vista Park, 24615 26 Pl S

Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center 10020 SE 256 St

Scenic Hill Park 25826 Woodland Way S

Kent Parks Community Center 11000 SE 264 St Kent Meridian Pool, 25316 101 St SE Kent Rotary Downtown Basketball Court James St (SE 240) Kent Senior Activity Center 600 E Smith St

Garrison Creek Park 218 St & 98 Ave S Glenn Nelson Park, Military Rd & S 268 Grandview Off-Leash Dog Park 3600 S 228th St, SeaTac Green View Park, SE 277 Pl & 120 Pl SE Hart’s Gymnastics Center 26415 79 Ave S, Kent (253) 520-1973 Kaibara Park 1 Ave between W Smith & W Meeker St Kent Bowl 1234 N Central Ave 253-852-3550 Kent Centennial Center, 400 W Gowe St

Seven Oaks Park SE 259 St & 118 Pl SE

SKIP/Children’s Therapy Center (SKIP/CTC) 10811 Kent-Kangley Rd 253-854-5660

Kent Valley Ice & Events Centre 6015 W James St Kentwood Performing Arts Center 25800 164 Ave SE, Covington

Soos Creek Maintenance Bldg 24810 148 Ave SE

Kiwanis Tot Lot #1, S 1 Ave & W Crow St

Soos Creek Park/ Gary Grant Park-King Co SE 208 @ 136 Ave SE

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Springwood Park SE 274 St & 128 Pl SE Three Friends Fishing Hole S 196 St & 58 Pl

Kiwanis Tot Lot #4 S 5 Ave & W Crow St

Foster Park, 259 & 74 Ave S

Service Club Ballfields 14402 SE 288 St

ShoWare Events Center 625 W. James St 253-856-6999

Kiwanis Tot Lot #3 Alexander St between E Chicago & E Seattle St

First Ave Plaza, 219 1 Ave S

Saqra’s Studio, 23625 41st Ave

Titus Railroad Park, 1 Ave & Titus St

Lake Fenwick Park 25828 Lake Fenwick Road

Town Square Plaza 2 Ave & Harrison St

Lake Meridian Park, 14800 SE 272 St

Turnkey Park, 23312 100 Ave SE

Linda Heights Park, S 248 & 35 Ave S

Uplands Playfields, 836 W Smith St

Meridian Glen Park, 137 Ave SE & SE 275 Pl

Van Doren’s Landing 21901 Russell Rd

Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park 742 E Titus St

West Fenwick Park, 3824 Reith Rd West Hill Skate Park 42 Ave S & Reith Rd

Morrill Meadows Park 10600 SE 248 St

Willis Street Greenbelt, W Willis between 4 Ave S & 6 Ave S

Neely-Soames Historic Home 5311 S 237 Pl

Wilson Playfields, 13028 SE 251 St

Kent Commons, 525 4 Ave N

Old Fishing Hole Frager Rd, S of W Meeker St

Kent Kherson Peace Park 2 Ave & W Gowe St

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Yangzhou Park Railroad Ave & W Smith St

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KENT DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP Kent Downtown Partnership is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization dedicated to serving and promoting the downtown Kent business community. KDP works in collaboration with downtown businesses, property owners, residents, governmental agencies, and citizen-based community organizations. KDP is a proactive leadership organization, cultivating and strengthening public and private partnerships to increase investment in downtown, business recruitment and retention, residential and retail development, improved parks and green spaces, and a better quality of life. KDP’s vision is to make downtown Kent a thriving destination by promoting a core of vibrant, mixed uses in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Our emphasis is on businesses, restaurants, art, entertainment, public facilities, and infrastructure development that supports the revitalization and continued prosperity of the downtown business community.

MAIN STREET PROGRAM Kent Downtown Partnership is affiliated with the state and national Main Street Program, which was founded by the National Trust of Historic Preservation in 1977. The Trust provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save and protect irreplaceable and historic places, and to revitalize America’s communities. BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP Weekly E-Blast and Monthly Newsletter Kent Downtown Partnership publishes a weekly e- Blast and monthly e-newsletter that provides

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FUNDING A membership base of nearly 200 companies, Business and Occupation Tax Incentive Program contributions, fundraising events, volunteers, the City of Kent, and the Kent Downtown Partnership. These funds are used for a variety of programs and projects including façade improvement grants; flowers, planters, art, signs, banners, and lighting that promote an inviting downtown atmosphere; community events; educational workshops for business owners and their employees; and marketing and promotional efforts. DOWNTOWN BREAKFAST HOUR EVENTS Kent Downtown Partnership hosts three morning events per year where members are invited to enjoy breakfast during presentations on topics concerning downtown. These breakfasts also provide networking opportunities to learn more about fellow members. COMPANY EXPOSURE Member businesses and organizations are linked to Kent Downtown Partnership website and appear on our online membership directory allowing members to better communicate with each other and broaden their business network. COMMITTEE PARTICIPATION Members are invited to participate on Kent Downtown Partnership committees that discuss important policy issues and projects, and actively participate in establishing and achieving goals

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Co-Chairs: Bernadette Thormalem (Central Avenue Mini Storage) and Charlotte Turpin (Catalyst Travel) Responsible for reaching out to members, staging membership campaigns, and helping with recruitment of members. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Chair: Mike Miller (HomeStreet Bank) This committee analyzes current market forces to develop long term solutions. Recruiting new businesses, creatively converting unused space for new uses, and sharpening the competitiveness of the existing downtown merchants are examples of economic development activities. Additionally, the members of this committee will help existing businesses expand and recruit specific businesses for a better downtown business mix. DESIGN COMMITTEE Chair: Suzanne Cameron (Around the Clock, Inc.) An inviting atmosphere created through window displays, parking areas, signs, colorful banners, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping all improve the physical image of the downtown as a quality place to shop, work, walk, invest in, and live. Design improvements result in a reinvestment of public and private dollars to downtown. SAFETY & SECURITY Chair: John Hind (Tarragon LLC/Kent Station)

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KENT HISTORICAL MUSEUM nominated as a landmark through the King County Landmarks Commission. Additionally, after evaluating the earliest coats of paint, the City of Kent repainted the house, returning it to its earlier colors. Today, the Bereiter House accommodates thousands of items donated by Kent residents that are maintained and exhibited through the Greater Kent Historical Society (GKHS) and museum staff. These items help tell the story of Kent and the area timeline.

Gardens on the museum grounds honor veterans who serve or have served in the Armed forces and Americans who were interned during WWII. Resources are available for research, tours are available during open hours or by appointment, and the facility is available

themselves in issues that impact business or tapping into an array of educational services, we give local business owners the tools to help them thrive. We encourage you to get involved today. Committees are a key component of the Kent Like many of the cities across the United States, our community has weathered challenging economic Chamber of Commerce.They are comprised of Chamber members and are formed to address times, and yet the Kent Chamber of Commerce specific issues or interest areas.They are also one of continues to grow and thrive with fantastic support the best ways for our members to become actively and partnership from our members.The Kent involved in policy development around various Chamber is the voice and ears of the business community, responsive to its ever changing needs and issues. It is this type of grassroots involvement concerns.We currently have 484 member companies that sets our Chamber of Commerce apart from other organizations.Without the vibrant and open representing nearly 26,000 employees. committee structure in place at the Kent Chamber The Kent Chamber of Commerce is the most of Commerce would cease to be an effective voice influential advocate for businesses in the Kent for business. community.We support economic efforts designed It takes resources and personnel to ensure that to strengthen and expand the Kent community with the quality of life continues, and you can assist the programs of a civic, social and cultural nature that Chamber and community by remaining a current are designed to increase the functional value of the member or becoming one TODAY! community. At the Kent Chamber of Commerce we bring Our New Members Enjoy Access To: the business community together in dynamic, profitable ways.Whether members are networking * $1500 worth of Free Radio Advertising just for with one another, learning marketing tips, immersing joining! Andrea Keikkala CEO andreak@kentchamber.com

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for special occasions. Please stop by the museum at 855 East Smith St. and step back in time with the history of Kent. Our hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon until 4pm. Parking is in the back of the house on Temperence Street. 253-854-4330.

* Marketing vehicles to reach targeted customers. * Education resources to help sustain and grow healthy companies. * Legislative Advocacy on issues important to Kent businesses. * Networking opportunities to get to know other business people and to form key partnerships. Chamber members can get as involved as they are able in any of our dynamic committees, including: • Ambassador Committee • Government Affairs Committee • Education Committee • Business Services & Events Committee Our members continually raise the bar in the way they support each other and our chamber. Contact the Kent Chamber to find out how your business will benefit with membership by contacting Kent Chamber at 253.854.1770 or info@kentchamber. com. We look forward to partnering with you! Krystal McIntosh

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The Bereiter House, home of the Kent Museum. The house was completed in 1908 by Emil Bereiter, an owner of the Covington Lumber Company and Kent’s Mayor 1912-1913. Seven different families have lived in the building, including a pharmacist, a prominent Japanese produce dealer and an owner of the East Hill Fuel Company. The house was originally sited on nearly four acres of land with a gazebo, carriage barn, orchard, and pastures. In June 2008, the Bereiter House was

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PARKS, RECREATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE The City of Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities, classes, services and facilities for all ages through its Administration, Recreation & Cultural Services, Parks Planning & Open Space, Golf Maintenance, Facilities Management and Housing & Human Services divisions. The links below will provide you with information about each of these divisions. ADAPTIVE RECREATION ACCESS THE FUTURE COMPUTER CLASS A computer class designed for individuals with developmental and/ or physical delays. Class meets at the Kent Senior Activity Center in the computer training lab. *Please note registration is limited to one class per quarter (Monday OR Tuesday) due to space limitations.

AR ARTIST STUDIO Students will work independently on paintings, drawings or their favorite subject. They will learn composition, mixing colors and using different medium techniques. AR TENNIS Learn basic tennis skills from a pro! This inclusive program is designed for individuals with special needs ages 12 and up; or with instructor approval.

AR BASKETBALL Shoot hoops and learn basic skills and good team strategy. Participate in Special Olympics Regional Basketball Tournament on Sunday, 2/9/14 in Issaquah. Great fun for everyone!

AR TRACK AND FIELD Events include running, walking, wheelchair events, shot put, jumps and wheelchair relays. Includes participation in Special Olympics tournaments with MANDATORY TEAM PRACTICE REQUIRED.

AR CHEER TEAM This class will focus on learning cheers, group dance routines and spirit. Cheer participants may participate in select Special Olympic events. *Sessions include end of season BBQ at Van Doren’s Landing.

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ADVENTURE PROGRAM Alpine skiing, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseshoes, pickleball, rafting, softball, snowshoeing, volleyball, walking, X-country skiing

FITNESS CLASSES Aerobics, Chi Gong Stretch & Strengthening, Yoga

CARDS & GAMES Cribbage, Billiards, Bridge, Canasta, Hand & Foot, Mahjong, Ping Pong, Pinochle, Whist, Wii CLASSES & WORKSHOPS Art, Be-Well, Computer, Defensive Driving, Poetry DANCING ballroom, line, hula, swing, rock ‘n roll, square dancw DELI & CAFÉ Mon – Fri. 11:45 AM to 1 PM Wednesdays Deli only - $5; other days $6

FUNDRAISERS Corporate sponsorship, lunch donations, planned giving MUSIC Koffee Klatch, Juice ‘n Jazz, Ukulele Jam SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES BP checks, counseling, dental cleaning, haircuts, foot-clinic, health insurance, legal clinics, massage, Meals On Wheels, reflexology, support groups SPECIAL EVENTS Civic-sponsored meals, educational events, Firefighter-sponsored luncheons, Holiday Craft Market, Kent Place events, Music & Art Showcase CONT. TO PAGE 13

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SPECIAL INTERESTS ARA, book club, coffee bar,crafts, flytying, knitting, library, puzzles, Readers Theatre, stamp collecting, woodcarving TRIPS & TOURS Day trips, local and regional multi-day travel, specialty tours VOLUNTEERING Multiple options available ADULT PROGRAMS ADULT RACQUETBALL CLUB A great way to build your skill level and stay in shape with both recreational and competitive levels of play. BEGINNING AIKIDO Aikido emphasizes redirecting the opponent’s momentum and power to apply sweeps, throws, locks and holds. Aikido allows you to safely subdue your attacker without the use of extreme force. BEGINNING BALLET (Ages 16+) Basic level ballet steps, beginning level barre and centre floor. A great class for stretching and toning. Ballet shoes required. Drop-ins are welcome at $8 per class.

BEGINNING BELLY DANCING All ages/all sizes welcome. The benefits of yoga, and non-impact aerobics at the same time. Body isolations, shimmy techniques and much more. Two beginning topic sets available. Visit www.saqra.net for more information.

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CARDIO-KICKBOXING Burn fat, relieve stress, tone and strengthen muscles, all wihile learning basic self-defense techniques. Class involves bag work, wristwraps or bag gloves are strongly recommended.

DOG OBEDIENCE Join us in one of our many dog obedience classes. Instructor Jennifer Schneider owns Pick of the Litter Dog Training, and is a certified Pet Dog Trainer. For more information visit www.pickofthelitterdogtraining.com. All classes held at the Kent Memorial Park Building.

DANCE LESSONS (Ages 16+) Learn to dance for the fun of it! It’s so much fun you won’t even realize how much exercise you’re getting. The classes are light hearted and you’ll be dancing by the end of the first class. All of these dances are suitable for beginners and those new to partner dancing - guaranteed to be fun and easy for all! Classes held at Kent Memorial Park Building, 850 N. Central. No partner required and dropins welcome at $12 per class. DIGITAL POINT-N-SHOOT CAMERAS FOR BEGINNERS New digital point-and-shoot camera? Learn how to use it, compose great photos and what to do with your photos. Bring the camera with battery charged and manual.

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AM JAZZERCISE Dance combined with exercise! Easy to follow aerobic dance routines, muscle toning and stretching exercises. All levels welcome in this popular class. CONT. TO PAGE 14


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CRUNCH AT LUNCH A 50 minute workout focusing on the core. Back, abs and balance exercises performed using balance balls and weights. JAZZERCISE Dance combined with exercise! Easy to follow aerobic dance routines, muscle toning and stretching exercises. All levels welcome to this popular class! JAZZERCISE - CIRCUIT TRAINING & BODY SCULPTING This class alternates between Circuit Training and Body Sculpting depending on class preference. The circuit portion intermingles aerobic routines with strength training using weights and resistance tubes. Body Sculpting features muscle toning workouts featuring combination of strength training movements and stretching.Weights, exertubes, and exercise balls may be used. Visit www.facebook.com/kentjazz for more information. LUNCH BODY SCULPTING, CRUNCH & CORE Step, hand weights, balls and bands are used for a total body workout. Build core strength and endurance.

LUNCH TIME BOOTCAMP 50 minutes of boot camp style drills, cardio workout that will challenge your body & improve your speed, agility & overall performance. Modifications will be shown for all fitness levels. LUNCH TIME TONING A 50 minute class utilizing an exercise fitness ball (provided). Toning legs, abs, back and upper body. Great for all ages and fitness levels.

RIZZMIC Rizzmic® is a trademarked fitness program that pairs familiar American music genres with their authentic dance styles. Enjoy a full hour packed with simple energetic routines. You can expect everything from Hip Hop, Jazz, Fosse, Country, Disco, and all retro American dance styles! Incredible variety, united under one name: Rizzmic!®

STEP & CORE Get a great overall workout in this combination class with 30 minutes of step cardio and 30 minutes of core strength training.

YOGA BREAK A beginner style 50 minute yoga workout. Basic yoga poses that will strengthen, lengthen and relax your body during the noon hour. Bring a yoga mat.

PRE SCHOOL PROGRAMS GYMNASTICS Our Parent & Tot class is the ideal place to have organized, safe fun exploring movement with your child in a gymnastics environment. In the Preschool classes your child will be introduced to basic movement and gymnastics. MOMMY & ME YOGA (Ages 3-6 years) Dads and caregivers are welcome too! Bring yoga poses to life as little ones strengthen their growing bodies. Healthy habits begin early in life, so take a deep breath together and discover the joy of yoga! Each child needs an adult yoga buddy to participate. Class fee is per child. Please bring a mat or blanket to class and dress in comfortable clothing for movement.

PLAY TIME PALS (Ages 20-36 Mos) Enjoy time together singing, learning, getting messy and playing in an inclusive preschool class led by an early childhood specialist. Children will develop friendships with a wide variety of peers, some of whom have special needs. PRIVATE PIANO (Age 4-7) Begin learning to play the Piano with carefully graded, lesson-by-lesson learning methods developed for the young music student. Instrument technique and performance skills are developed simultaneously with singing, games, ear training activities, and by playing very easy arrangements of favorite children’s songs. The purchase of music books is required for lessons and payable to instructor. A piano or keyboard at home and daily practice of lesson material is highly recommended. A digital keyboard will be provided during lessons. TAG ALONG TODDLERS (Ages 1-2 yrs) Your toddler (must be walking) will cruise with you over and through the obstacle courses, jump on the trampoline, catch bubbles and sing songs in this interactive class. CONT. TO PAGE 15

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TEENY WEENY WIGGLERS (18 mos-3 yrs) Music, games, songs, parachute play and dance make this a lively and fun class for parents and toddlers. TINY TIGERS (Ages 3-4) An introduction to martial arts; balance, strength and coordination, and safety. Games, balls, obstacle courses and more are used to enhance learning. Parent participation is required.

YOUTH AND TEEN PROGRAMS AFTER SCHOOL ALL STARS After School All-Stars is a middle school recreation program for students at Meridian, Mill Creek, Meeker Middle Schools and Nike Manor. Each location has its own activities, clubs, classes and special events that keep teens engaged, active and healthy. The program is free but preregistration is required. Contact Kent Parks Youth & Teen Programs division at (253 )856-5030 for more information today. AFTER SCHOOL ENERGY Looking for a fun-filled afternoon for your K-6th grader? We offer a variety of HIGH ENERGY activities at 8 local elementary schools that will get your child up and active and having a ton of fun while doing it - and best of all it’s FREE! Just complete our ASE registration form and return it to Kent Commons so your child can attend. Space is limited and REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO ONE SCHOOL PER CHILD. There is no program on conference days, or during school holidays. Please call 253-856-5030 for more information.

PRESIDENT’S CAMP Sign your K-6th grader up for a week packed full of crafts, songs, group games, entertainment and a field trip during Kent School District’s President’s Week Break. Kids must bring a morning snack and sack lunch, afternoon snack will be provided by Kent Parks. To register your child call 253-856-5030. SPRING BREAK DAY CAMP During this fun-filled week, campers will participate in games, sports, arts and crafts, and a field trip! Camp is for children in grades K-6th. Kids must bring a morning snack and sack lunch; afternoon snack will be provided by Kent Parks. Register your child today online, or call 253-856-5030 for more information. SUMMER RESIDENT CAMP AT WASKOWITZ A week of fun, a lifetime of memories. Campfires, sing-alongs, hiking, swimming, beach parties and more. An overnight camp for boys and girls entering 5th, 6th and 7th grades

YOUTH PROGRAMS ADVANCED HARD SHOE (Ages 7-18) Open to dancers who have demonstrated proficiency in the traditional hard shoe dances. Students will learn the slow hard shoe dances & advanced traditional set dances. Wear comfortable clothing, Irish hard shoes required. ADVANCED SOFT SHOE (Ages 7-18) Open to dancers who have a good knowledge of all soft shoe dances. Students will learn advanced soft shoe steps, Ceili dances and original choreography. Wear comfortable clothing, Irish gullies required.

ART A LA CARTE (Ages 7-13) This menu of art projects will give choices to the budding artist who is hungry to express their creativity. Participate in one or all of the following workshops. New projects will be introduced in every class. All supplies included.

BALLET I (Ages 6-11) Beginning ballet class that introduces basic steps. Suggested dress: leotards, tights and ballet shoes.

ART LESSONS (Ages 7+) One-on-one art tutoring designed for the beginning to intermediate student. Artist Cathe McNiel is available for lessons in drawing, watercolor, oil pastel, and cartooning. Class is catered to your specific needs and interests please specify when registering what your art interests are.

BALLET III (Ages 14-18) This is an advanced class for dancers with one full year of Ballet II. Instructor permission is required.

BALLET & TAP (Ages 6-12) Students must have 9 months to 1 year of pre-ballet & tap. This class will take the student to a higher level in ballet with more technique, terms, grace and an introduction to Lyrical Ballet. Additional combinations in tap and faster, more exciting moves will be introduced. BALLET I & TAP (Ages 6-9) Beginning ballet & tap class that introduces basic steps. Suggested dress: leotards, tights, pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes.

BALLET II (Ages 8-14) This class is for experienced dancers with a full year of Ballet I.

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Even if dragon boats are a part of Mithula Rarmal’s culture, she has never been near one of the elegant vessels. That changed in a big way last weekend. Wald As the newlycrowned Miss Cornucopia, Rarmal, 18, watched the boats up close and personal as they sailed along Lake Meridian. And that’s just one of the many festivities that transpired at the 43rd Kent Cornucopia Days. “I’m excited about that,” Rarmal said upon receiving the tiara and a $2,500 scholarship from the Kent Lions Club, on a sun-spangled afternoon last Friday at Town Square Plaza. A surprised Rarmal accepted the crown from past queen Candy Chang, moments after besting three other Kent contestants in a close competition. “I’m totally excited. I never thought I would win,” Rarmal said as she received congratulations. “Just looking at the girls, they are all so talented. This means a lot. It blows my mind, how much I didn’t know about Kent until I got (to this point).” Born in Oman and raised in the Middle East, Rarmal came to the United States with her family seven years ago. While

English is her first language, she also speaks Hindi and Malalayalam. Bright, energetic, determined, Rarmal excelled in and out of the classroom. This June she graduated with honors from Kentridge High School, where she had immersed herself in the National Honor Society, the Multicultural Club, the Key Club, advanced orchestra and the varsity tennis team. Oh, and she put in more than 100 honors of community work, volunteering at Northwest Harvest and helping city leaders build a new park. She plans to attend the University of Washington this fall to study computer engineering. One day, Rarmal said, she would like to “work for Microsoft or something” in engineering.” Rarmal, the younger daughter of Lakshman Kambrath and Vilasini Rarmal, represented Kent in last Sunday’s Cornucopia Days Grand Parade, and plans to make several public appearances throughout the year. And, a program first, judges chose a young man, Tyler Wald, to be Cornucopia Royal Ambassador, joining on the regal court Royal Princess Kristy (Soo Jung) Kwon and princesses Sean Emily Taylor and Araceli Rios. Wald, 18, who graduated

Mithula Rarmal receives the Miss Cornucopia crown, a plaque and roses from past queen Candy Chang, left, and Mayor Suzette Cooke during the coronation at Town Square Plaza last Friday. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

from Kentridge with honors, excelled there in baseball and community service. He hosted a talent show for the American Heart Association and organized a drive that collected more than 1,000 pieces of baseball equipment for the Boys & Girls Clubs. Wald’s senior class even voted him, “Most likely to brighten your day.” Wald didn’t balk at the opportunity to break the gender barrier and become a part of the Cornucopia Days royalty. “It looked like fun,” he said, “and I wanted to get more involved in the community.” Wald, son of Neil and Lisa Wald, plans to study business at Western Washington this fall. For his efforts, Wald receives a $2,500 scholarship from the

Kent Lions Foundation. Kwon, Taylor and Rios will receive scholarships, too. Kwon, 18, a Kentridge graduate, will join the UW honors program this fall. She plans to study international relations and communications. Taylor, 18, a Kentlake graduate, will attend Southern Connecticut State University on a volleyball scholarship. She wants to major in computer science and business. Rios, 18, a Kent-Meridian graduate, will attend Central Washington University. Participants in the Miss Cornucopia Scholarship Program showcase their talents through academics, creative expression, public speaking, community service and participation in many events.

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2014 PERSONS OF THE YEAR through her volunteersupported Chick’s Place. The Kent Reporter’s 2014 Persons of the Year vow to continue their work – to shelter BY MARK KLAAS the homeless, feed the hungry mklaas@kentreporter.com and connect the forgotten to a goodwill network that support a One is reserved, detailed and quietly tenacious who has needy community. It is who they lived a stable life. The other describes herself as “quirky,” are, their mission of the moment, someone who came from humble beginnings, who marches their purpose in life. to the beat of her own drum. Gray, a retired music Different in appearance, upbringing and personalty, both teacher, and Goodgion, a local Kent women are big-hearted, resourceful, faith-driven, humble businesswoman, are frequently and proud. Both are community leaders in their own way, praised by many in the determined to soothe the sorrow, the plight of others. Both community who volunteer their raised strong families of their own and are now committed to ‘Action twins’: Sally Goodgion, left, of Willow’s Place, and Pat Gray, of KentHOPE, continue to help struggling people through time, expertise and resources to helping struggling families of today. their tireless efforts. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter helping others. Pat Gray and Sally Goodgion have more in common “Sally Goodgion and Pat Gray are two special, busy women,” said than they realize when it comes to extending a compassionate hand, Leslie Kae Hamada, a community and KentHOPE volunteer, outreach especially when it means helping the less fortunate who live life on the leader and executive director of the Kent East Hill Kids Boxing edge, who toil in the streets of Kent. Club. “They saw community members in grave need experiencing “I think that it should be intolerable for each one of us to allow homelessness and needing shelter and food. And they did not just talk someone to live outside and sleep under a bridge,” said Gray, chairperson about these problems. They rolled up their sleeves and made things of the KentHOPE Executive Board. happen to better their lives. They communicated to all their friends and KentHOPE (Homelessness Partnership Effort), a faith-based grassroots individuals to organize to partner to help. organization, is committed to reducing the homeless problem. “It’s part “They are real people of faith. Faith without action is just great of our responsibility.” poetry,” Hamada added. “Sally and Pat are the action twins.” “I absolutely agree,” said Goodgion, director of Willow’s Place, a weekly community- and business-coordinated effort that feeds and CONT. TO PAGE 19 warms the homeless and hungry. She also provides a safe haven

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Added Marvin Eckfeldt, a retired minister and former chair of the Kent Human Services Commission: “Pat and Sally reach out to those in need in our community because of their deep personal faith commitment. They are passionate about what they do; and they do it, and inspire others because of their own personal caring. They serve from a ‘good heart.’” Gray and KentHOPE leaders have made an impact. While the nonprofit organization’s ultimate goal is to establish a 24-hour shelter for the homeless in the city, KentHOPE celebrated the opening of a day shelter for homeless women and children in November 2013. With the support of the Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and other agencies, volunteers run the center, which sees as many as 30 women a day for food, companionship and services. The center, Gray said, helped more than 60 women find jobs and helped more than 50 women and their children ease into stable housing. What it cannot provide for the homeless, resilient KentHOPE has coordinated help through a network of local groups and parishes to provide overnight shelter. “We’re really proud of that accomplishment,” Gray said. “We’ve engaged 250 volunteers who provide three meals a day. … People come in to teach classes, like job skills and life skills.” KentHOPE and its partners remain undaunted in their bid to provide a full-service, around-the-clock center for the homeless. Four proposed locations in Kent have been turned away by the city and business community, which have expressed support for the general idea, just not on the chosen locations. “We’ve made some inroads and we’re very proud of that,” Gray said of KentHOPE’s quest. “But we’ve been very frustrated along the way. “No, I don’t think we’re any closer,” she added. “We’re closer in support from the community. I think they know what we stand for now and what

we want.” That support was evidenced by KentHOPE’s recent fundraising banquet. It attracted about 400 people and raised more than $71,000 for the organization’s services. The King County Council chipped in with a $5,000 contribution. “We feel we are riding a wave of momentum,” Gray said. “It is critical right now to turn that momentum into our vision, which is a 24/7 resource center for homeless men and women.”

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Since its informal beginnings four years ago, Willow’s Place has found partners to help move indoors, find a more permanent location, and serve up to 120 individuals on any given Thursday night. Under Goodgion’s watch, the Board of Willows Place has been instrumental in engaging local restaurants, businesses and religious, civic and service organizations. Participants in Willows Place set up and clean up, cook, serve and distribute donations each week. “We see the hardcore (homeless),” Goodgion said. “We’ve maintained the same (amount of those served), and I hope we don’t grow. … I want to be out of business.” But Goodgion stays in business, refusing to turn away the homeless and the hungry. She also has opened her home as a host to students studying abroad since 1987. In the past 26 years she has hosted more than 40 exchange students from many backgrounds.

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Goodgion and Gray occasionally bump into each other, exchange ideas and ways to advance their work. They met several years ago through their association with the South King County Homeless Advocacy Group. “Anything she’s doing, I’m all for it,” said Goodgion, who hopes a 24/7 shelter can become a reality soon. “This girl (Gray) doesn’t give up. That’s what I admire about her. She looks at the bigger picture.”








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We started as a farming community that became our foundation for decades. Hops, lettuce, dairy, and a host of other crops gave birth to the cornucopia symbol still found throughout the Kent community.


We were the second city to incorporate in King County. Our valley transformed from exclusively farming into the second largest distribution and manufacturing center on the West Coast and the fourth largest in the nation. From here we make things that not only travel the world but fly into space. Our city is an economic engine that powers the dynamic Puget Sound region.


We have grown to the sixth largest city in Washington state and yet, our neighborhoods and schools cultivate a home-town feel with a variety of housing options and a park and trail network that rivals much bigger communities. 138 world languages are spoken in our homes and our population is a reflection of dramatic global influences that are shown in our diverse shops, restaurants, and services.


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WE ARE KENT. Welcome to our new brand. In an effort to find a common point of view and consistent representation of Kent, in 2014, a large group of community stakeholders went through a branding process spearheaded by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, City of Kent, Kent Chamber of Commerce and Kent Downtown Partnership. The process included multiple round table discussions businesses, residents and students, faith-based organizations, boards and commissions and elected leadership. Finding out how these individuals see Kent, what they observe, and learning what they think about Kent helped find the essence of our community…its brand. It’s important to note that a brand is much more than a tagline or a logo. Cities with strong brands find it easier to sell products and services, and attract residents and tourists. While the process revealed a new branding logo and tagline, the brand statement outlines what Kent is made of, what it passes from generation to generation, and what makes it different from other places. That’s how we sell Kent.

We are at the geographic center of the metropolitan area and our city reflects our unique regional position. We are well connected with a stop for the Sounder rail stretching from Everett through Seattle to Tacoma. Positioned minutes from one of the nation’s busiest airports and two seaports allow us to bring the world to America and America’s products to the world.


Our historic downtown is undergoing a dramatic transformation as residential development is being built alongside an historic downtown with an adjacent lifestyle center offering both old and new in one exciting place. Downtown Kent is the center of government for South King County and our ShoWare Center is a place where we gather to watch hockey, concerts, and special events. We invite you to reconnect with the place you call home and the place you work. We welcome you to explore the amenities, the culture, the history, and the exciting plans we have for the future. We encourage you to soak in life in a city that is globally important yet focused on families from here and around the world.



Seattle developer Tarragon plans to start construction in January on a 154-unit apartment complex at the Kent Station shopping center. The company hopes complete the apartment complex by spring 2016, said Kristen Link, Tarragon development manager, in an Oct. 2 interview. “We’re working with the city on permitting,” A 154 unit apartment project containing a mix of studio, one bedroom and two bedroom units with ameniLink said. “We’re looking ties to inclued a rooftop deck, two large outdoor courtyards, garden plots, BBQ area, fire pits, a fitness center, community lounge, bike room, lobby, and dog run. Sounder Commuter Rail located one block away. to start construction in January 2015 but until the permits is the right timing with construction costs and rents and are approved that’s an approximate.” we can finish the Kent Station mixed project.” City staff is conducting a downtown design review Link said she expects the apartments to be a good fit for the Kent Station Apartments, said Matt Gilbert, city with The Platform Apartments that opened this month principal planner. He said the review focuses on the across the street from Kent Station. aesthetic elements of the project. Once staff approves “With The Platform there it brings more community those, Tarragon will submit the detailed construction and a different style of living to downtown,” she said. plans for review. The construction of 150 to 200 residential units was Goodman Real Estate just opened The Platform part of the planned unit development for Kent Station Apartments this month at the corner of West Smith agreed upon between Tarragon and the city, said Fred Street and Fourth Avenue North, just south of Kent Satterstrom, city planning services director. Tarragon Station. Crews will build the Kent Station Apartments on finished the retail phases but has yet to build any a 1.3 acre lot along Fourth Avenue on the west side of residential housing at Kent Station. the shopping center’s property, across the street from “We’re really excited about the market next to Kent the Maleng Regional Justice Center. Station and the Sounder rail there,” Link said. “The “Proposals for new housing in downtown Kent are urban setting makes it an awesome place to develop.” very exciting,” Gilbert said. “Each one confirms that The Sounder commuter rail station is just a block east downtown is a place where people want to live. By of Kent Station. investing in amenities like Kent Station, ShoWare Center, Amenities at the new complex are expected to Town Square Plaza and the Sounder garage, the city has include a rooftop deck, two large outdoor courtyards, worked very hard to make downtown an attractive place garden plots, a barbecue area, fire pits, a fitness center, for Kent’s current and future residents.” community lounge, bike room, lobby and dog run. The apartments will include a mix of studio, one City officials have tried for years to bring more people bedroom and two bedroom units. The empty site had downtown. been used for overflow parking. Crews started preparing “More housing means more downtown activity, the site this month for the building. especially in the evening hours,” Gilbert said. “Projects “We’ve been looking at the market for quite awhile like this will attract new investment and even more since 2006 when we first started on Kent Station,” Link reasons for people to visit or live downtown.” said. “The market was not right then. Now the market 2015 KENT RESIDENTS’ GUIDE


Are you prepared? Being prepared can change everything. By planning ahead, you can increase the chances of survival for you and your family, not to mention gain peace of mind knowing you are in control. Catastrophes can happen at any time. Preparing for three days will help you make it through many of the disasters you’ll face in the Puget Sound region, including major storms and even small earthquakes. However, to make it through a major catastrophe, like Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, you’ll need to be prepared for longer, at least 7 to 10 days. Catastrophes can happen at any time and are likely to happen here. Imagine you are at work, on the road, or at home during a catastrophe. How would you communicate with loved ones? Are you prepared to survive without essential services, such as running water, electricity, or phones for 7 to 10 days?

✔ Make a family emergency communication plan, identify an out-of-state contact ✔ Plan for people, pets and property ✔ Review and practice your emergency plan

✔ Build a kit for at least 7 to 10 days ✔ Save important documents/records on USB drives, store one at home and one in a safety deposit box ✔ Create customized kits for home, office and vehicle

✔ Get involved – Create networks of neighbors and co-workers, work together to pool resources ✔ Participate in a training – CPR, first aid, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) ✔ Learn how to reduce hazards (e.g. shutting off gas supply if needed, strap water heater in place, etc.)

Build a Kit for at Least 7 to 10 Days Imagine if resources aren’t available for seven or more days. You might have to take care of minor injuries and access to resources will likely be limited. Help your family be better prepared by gathering additional supplies and customizing the list to meet your needs. Once you have the basics, think about items you could use to help yourself and others, or simply improve your comfort. Identify a storage container or key location to place your survival kit, then gather and store supplies. Supplies include water and food as well as items for shelter and warmth, first aid, communication, personal hygiene and sanitation. It’s possible your home could be damaged and you may have to evacuate; be sure to include a backpack or similar bag so you can pack some of these items to go. Many of these supplies you may already have at home. Below are suggested basic supplies to survive for 7 to 10 days. ■ Water – one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation ■ Food – at least 7 to 10 day supply of non-perishable food per person ■ Cash – ATMs won’t work without electricity ■ Battery-powered radio and extra batteries ■ Flashlight and extra batteries ■ First aid kit ■ Whistle to signal for help ■ Filter mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air ■ Moist towelettes for sanitation ■ Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities if needed ■ Manual can opener for food ■ Shelter items like tents, tarps and rope ■ Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation ■ Unique family needs: supplies for infants, pets and elderly, prescriptions, and important family documents Local agencies across Puget Sound are teaming up to share information and encourage residents to prepare for catastrophic events with this regional campaign, What to do to Make it Through. For other useful checklists and preparedness resources visit: www.makeitthrough.org





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Residents Guide - 2015  


Residents Guide - 2015