05.15.15 — The Washington National Guard headed into the volcanic ash of Mt. St. Helens aiming to save lives. Read More »
05.05.15 — Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed two pieces of legislation allowing Guards members to stay overnight in Armories and mandating all state agencies develop continuity of operation plans, both of which were top priorities of Major General Bret D. Daugherty, The Adjutant General in charge of the Washington Military Department. The state also approved a Senate Joint Memorial asking President Barack Obama and Pentagon officials to transition the Washington National Guard's 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Read More »
04.30.15 — If you walk up to the 50 series of buildings on Camp Murray, you will see a few small office buildings and an old chow hall – nothing that immediately stands out. But if you take a close look, you'll find a monument with the words, "Refugee Day," celebrating the Vietnamese refugees that came to Washington. 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.
How the National Guard responded to Mt. St. Helens eruption
It's volcano preparedness month: 35 years ago Mt. St. Helens erupted and the National Guard was there. A few years back, we caught up with the National Guard team that helped respond to the issue as they reflected on the incident. "The destruction was so much larger than anything I imagined," the state aviation officer said.View All Videos »