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Gov. Inslee urges participation in Great Washington ShakeOut

10.08.15 — Gov. Inslee urges participation in Great Washington ShakeOut on Oct. 15 Read More »

Tsunami warning siren will sound during statewide earthquake drill

10.01.15 — Tsunami warning sirens on coastal Washington will be activated October 15 in a special test that is part of the statewide Great Washington ShakeOut earthquake drill Read More »

Advisory: Great Washington ShakeOut coming Oct. 15

09.15.15 — For the fourth year in a row, Washington state is participating in the Great Washington ShakeOut drop, cover and hold earthquake drill on Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. 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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Understanding Local and Distant Tsunamis

Understanding Local and Distant Tsunamis

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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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