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Airmen practice earthquake communications

07.23.15 — After a huge earthquake, the Air National Guard would step in and help connect eastern and western Washington again Read More »

State trains for Bakken crude disaster amid rise in oil trains

07.16.15 — The disaster response policy seminar and tabletop exercise looked at the state-level public health and safety, environmental, social, economic and governmental impacts that a crude oil train disaster would create. Read More »

Preparedness, training key in riding out the Big One

07.14.15 — Preparedness will be key in surviving the next big earthquake to hit the Pacific Northwest. That means families need to have at least three days' worth of supplies and an emergency "go" kit ready and, for those living on the coast, have an understanding of evacuation routes and the warning signs behind tsunamis – including how NOAA Weather Radio works and the coastal sirens. 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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Understanding Local and Distant Tsunamis
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Understanding Local and Distant Tsunamis

There are two types of tsunamis that can endanger the coast and there could just be minutes to get to safety or hours.

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