04.12.19 — On April 13, 1949, a major earthquake hit Western Washington, killing eight people and seriously injuring many more Read More »
04.02.19 — Tsunami and earthquake experts will be on the coast for the week of April 9 through April 12 Read More »
02.28.19 — We could have had a 12-second warning if Earthquake Early Warning had been in place Read More »
Emergency Management Division
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.
- Contact the Emergency Management Division
- Learn about the Resilient Washington Subcabinet
- Learn about the state Emergency Operations Center.
- Learn about the 24-hour state Alert & Warning Center.
A disaster ready and resilient Washington State.
The Washington Emergency Management Division leads and coordinates mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in Washington State to minimize the impact of disasters and emergencies on the people, property, environment and economy.
Public Service: We embrace a spirit of public service — we serve the people of Washington State in a responsive, transparent and effective manner. We are faithful stewards of the public trust.
Respect: We treat everyone with courtesy, fairness, dignity and compassion. We value the contributions of others and recognize the importance of diversity.
Integrity: We act transparently and honestly. We are responsible for our actions and hold ourselves accountable to the highest personal, professional and ethical standards.
Dedication: We wholeheartedly invest ourselves and go above and beyond in accomplishing our mission. We support, encourage, care for one another and celebrate our accomplishments.
Excellence: We strive for excellence — we set high standards and expectations, seek continuous improvement in our organization and achieve superior results. We are committed to providing leadership, fostering innovation and delivering the highest quality of service to our customers and stakeholders.