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More resources on way to fight wildfires

08.24.15 — More Guard on the way, new Mobilization Center formed at Fairchild Air Force Base to assist with firefighting efforts Read More »

Inslee announces approval of federal Emergency Declaration

08.21.15 — Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that President Obama's Administration approved his request for a federal Emergency Declaration in response to the multiple wildfires burning across Eastern Washington. Read More »

Guard motivated to fight fires in Eastern Wash.

08.20.15 — As of Thursday, the Washington National Guard has approximately 400 Guardsmen deployed doing anything from firefighting to digging fire lines, back burning, and refueling. Read More »

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State trains for Bakken crude disaster amid rise in oil trains

The disaster response policy seminar and tabletop exercise looked at the state-level public health and safety,... 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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