Our partners with the Federal Emergency Management Agency say it best: Preparedness is everyone’s job. Preparedness is not just for government agencies, but all sectors of society. Service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen should plan ahead for disaster. During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available. People must be ready to act on their own.
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Emergency Management Division Publications
The publications listed here can be accessed by clicking on the links below. Also, these publications, along with many others, can be found by visiting the State Emergency Management website at https://mil.wa.gov/other-links/publications.
How You Should Prepare
- Threats and hazards facing Washington State
- Individuals and Families
- Watch our Preparedness Videos (in multiple languages)
Alert & Notification Warnings
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is the primary means for providing the public with critical alert information about an emergency or disaster. Under EAS requirements, radio, TV and cable TV stations must participate at the National level or specifically request a waiver from the FCC. Further, they are encouraged to voluntarily participate in state and local EAS plans.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: FEMA/IPAWS (For King County, Okanogan County Emergency Management, Pierce County, Stevens County and Washington State Emergency Management. In process for Benton County Emergency Management Office, Franklin County Emergency Management Office, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Pacific County & Spokane County Emergency Management)
- Ready.Gov/alerts: http://www.ready.gov/alerts
- National Weather Service Email and SMS Weather Alert Services
- Seattle Alert
- Pierce County Alert
- King County Regional Public Alerts
- King County Flood Alert App
- King County Emergency Updates
- Grays Harbor County hazard notification requests
- Pacific County Hyper Reach
- Kitsap Alert
- Thurston County TeleAlert
- Lewis County Alert
- Snohomish County
- Clallam County
- Spokane Alert
- Yakima Alert
- Clark County
- Cowlitz County
- Kitsap County
- Skagit County
- Island County Alert
- Whitman County/Pullman Alert
- Benton County
- Stevens County
- City of Redmond Alert
- University of Washington Alert
- Washington State University Alert
- Eastern Washington University Alert
- The Evergreen State College Campus Notifications
- Central Washington University Alert
- Western Washington University Alert
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- American PrepareAthon!
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Weather Service
- United States Geological Survey – All Hazards
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- American Red Cross
- University of Washington Seismic Center
- Washington State Department of Ecology
- Washington State Department of Health
- Washington State Department of Natural Resources
- Washington State Department of Transportation
- Western States Seismic Policy Council
- The Great ShakeOut - Earthquake Awareness
- Take Winter By Storm
- What to do to Make it Through
- Just in Time (videos)