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Emergency Management

Prepare Respond Mitigate

King County Emergency Management
3511 NE Second St.
Renton, WA 98056
Main Phone: 206-296-3830
Toll Free: 800-523-5044
Fax: 206-205-4056

Enhanced 9-1-1 Program
Seattle, WA
E-911 program office

Plans and committees

Planning is a critical part of all phases of emergency management - Prevention, Protection, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation. Emergency plans are developed in collaboration with jurisdictions, businesses, and other emergency response partners to be consistent with Federal and State laws, as well as local ordinances. Regional planning efforts product two types of documents - plans and procedures. Plans describe "who does what" before, during, or after an emergency. They also address likely hazards, develop a context for when a plan might be used, and describe responsibilities, actions, and related timelines. Procedures contain detailed checklists for accomplishing tasks and processes described in a plan. For example, the organization(s) responsible for conducting a damage assessment is identified in a plan. The data collection and documentation process are described in a procedure/checklist. After individual plans are developed, appropriate personnel are trained and the plans tested through exercises to evaluate how well they actually work. This allows us to identify gaps and and make needed modifications.



  • Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) - used by elected and appointed King County officials to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters..
  • Evacuation Annex - assists King County government and jurisdictions plan, prepare for, and conduct evacuations; guide for local CEMP evacuation annex development is included.
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection Plan - used as a decision-making tool for allocating resources, and as an information sharing tool for owners/operators of infrastructure.
  • Disaster Debris Management Plan - a jurisdiction specific process for how disaster debris may be collected and managed, including personal belongings.
  • Hazardous Materials Plan - implements hazardous materials emergency preparedness responsibilities.


King County supports a number of programs aimed at preparing for, responding to, and recovering from regional disasters and local emergencies. While personal and community preparedness is critical to surviving winter storm emergencies and large disasters, County government, tribes, cities, and numerous other agencies throughout King County have developed regional strategies to build more resilient communities. Specific committees representing key stakeholders ensure these plans incorporate Homeland Security plans and requirements and are appropriate, inclusive, and updated on a regular basis.