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Are You Ready for winter weather & winter driving?

11.29.16 — Also, get an emergency kit ready for your car. Read More »

Storm preparedness key as weather changes

11.10.16 — Are you ready for more rain and winter weather? Read More »

More than 1 million register for Great Washington ShakeOut

10.19.16 — For the third year in a row, the Great Washington ShakeOut has achieved more than 1 million participants, although it's likely many more will also participate during the annual earthquake drill at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20. 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.

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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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When's the best time to create an emergency plan?
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When's the best time to create an emergency plan?

Talk to your family today about emergency planning. (En espanol: No Espere. Comuniquese. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iScjFBMEmLI)

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Why do we need vertical evacuation centers?
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Why do we need vertical evacuation centers?

Ocosta Elementary School in the coastal town of Westport is making history by constructing the first tsunami engineered vertical evacuation refuge in the United States.

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