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06.10.16 — Exercise scenario is based on a 9.0 earthquake and the resulting tsunami Read More »

State EOC changes way it does activation levels

06.03.16 — The state Emergency Operations Center is changing the descriptions of its activation levels Read More »

Cascadia Rising showcases preparedness skills

05.31.16 — We will join partners across the Northwest for Cascadia Rising, the largest earthquake exercise in state history Read More »

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Stakeholders gather for earthquake preparedness

More than 150 stakeholders gathered in Olympia on Jan. 8 in preparation for a four-day functional exercise practicing... Read More »

Emergency Management Division

The mission of the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) is to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on the people, property, environment, and economy of Washington State.

The Division notifies and alerts state agencies and local governments of impending emergencies and disasters. During state emergencies, EMD manages the State Emergency Operations Center located on Camp Murray, near Tacoma, and coordinates the response to ensure help is provided to those who need it quickly and effectively. The EOC is designated as the central location for information gathering, disaster analysis, and response coordination. Other state agencies with emergency roles may come to the EOC to help coordinate the state response. Federal government agencies, along with state and local volunteer organizations, also may provide representatives.

At the EOC, information gathered is used by executives to make decisions concerning emergency actions and to identify and prioritize the use of state resources needed to respond to the emergency. The EOC may issue emergency warnings or disseminate critical information and instructions to government personnel and the public who may need to take emergency protective actions.

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