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New tsunami evacuation maps in Spanish will help coastal communities

03.26.15 — New tsunami evacuation maps will help the Hispanic populations of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties learn the best routes to take in order to safely reach a designated assembly area on high ground. The brochures also offer critical safety information in Spanish to help communities understand what a tsunami is as well as preparedness tips. The brochures have been available in English for some time. Read More »

How would businesses survive after the Big One hits?

03.20.15 — Kevin Burke, the business liaison of the state emergency operations center, says the state's business community has been lucky in the aftermath of recent disasters. But he sees a time when the state might not be so lucky and is hopeful some best practices can be put in place for businesses before that time. Read More »

New LiDAR detection may help save lives in the future

03.13.15 — Geology experts pitch new LiDAR technology to survey the environment to develop better models. Read More »

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How would businesses survive after the Big One hits?

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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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