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 »
04.29.15 — With all eyes on the devastation in Nepal, Washington Emergency Management Division officials are reminding the public that earthquake dangers are just as probable here. Two significant earthquakes rocked the Puget Sound both coincidentally have anniversaries this month – a 6.8 earthquake that struck on April 13, 1949 and a 6.7 earthquake that struck 50 years ago this month on April 29, 1965. Read More »
04.14.15 — Emergency Management Advisory Group wants to develop a common, statewide resource ordering system for emergency management. Resource ordering became an issue during the response to the SR 530 landslide. 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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