If you need emergency assistance with shelter or social services,
call the Community Crisis and Information Line at 2-1-1.
Housing assistance following a disaster or emergency
King County Post-Disaster Interim Housing Plan: The Post-Disaster Interim Housing Plan helps individuals and households displaced in the wake of a disaster. It helps people find the resources to get minor repairs to their homes so that they can return to their own homes as soon as possible, and to help those whose homes have sustained major damage to find interim housing.
Damage Assessment: If your home has experienced significant structural damage, or if there is damage to water, sewer or power connections that makes it unsafe or unhealthy to inhabit, please contact your city building department to request an inspection or damage assessment at the earliest possible date.
Residents of unincorporated King County should contact the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) for safety inspections and damage assessments for residential buildings at this website or by calling 1-888-5-INSPCT (1-888-546-7728). Be aware that in the event of a major disaster, the demand for these inspections will be very high.
Emergency Shelter: Local cities, King County and/or the local chapter of the American Red Cross may establish temporary shelters for individuals, families and pets.
Housing Repair Programs: There are a number of home repair programs available in King County, including the King County Housing Repair Program managed in DCHS, that may be able to assist with minor repairs that will make your home safe and habitable again. Programs are limited to low to moderate income households. Go here for information on the King County Housing Repair Program; click here for links to repair programs available in King County cities.
Post Disaster Interim Housing: HousingSearchNW.org, a free web-based housing locator system provides information on affordable housing in any part of King County.
Social services following a major disaster or emergency
King County Disaster Behavioral Health Plan: In the event of a major disaster or emergency, individuals may need crisis response assistance and counseling. King County has developed a Disaster Behavioral Health Plan that will be coordinated through the Department of Community and Human Services in concert with Public Health-Seattle & King County.
Interim Social Services: After a disaster, access to a variety of social services and assistance may be coordinated by a Disaster Case Management Coalition.
Disaster Alerts and Weather InformationKing County Office of Emergency Management - information about how to prepare and respond to different hazards.
Seattle Office of Emergency Management: Information for City of Seattle residents.
Public Health emergencies: Public Health-Seattle & King County offers information on a wide variety of topics related to disaster response and preparedness.
Personal and family preparedness: The best way to weather any disaster or emergency event is to be ready before it happens.