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Emergency Management

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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

Business preparedness

Is your workplace ready for emergencies?

When preparing for emergencies and natural disasters, most of us focus on individual preparedness, such as developing a family emergency plan or putting together disaster kits for our home and car. However, five days a week, 8-10 hours a day, we spend most of their time at the office. For business owners and employees alike, peace of mind regarding the safety and security of our workplace makes for happier, more productive employment. It also greatly enhances our ability to recovery from a temporary or long-term disruption to critical business operations.

The primary purpose of a disaster plan and program is to first ensure the safety of employees and then the continuation or reinstatement of time-sensitive business operations after unplanned disruptions such as a fire, power or communications blackout, hurricane, flood, earthquake, civil disturbance, etc. Preparing your business for multiple hazards includes the development of emergency response protocols, communication procedures, and a recovery strategy. Employees should be trained and the plans tested and practiced on a regular basis.

To help you get started, visit and other useful resources on this page.

Business Webinars: Plan and prepare for emergencies

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Prepare your business for disasters by viewing a series of free webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Association and Agility Recovery. Available webinars include:

  • Severe Weather Preparedness
  • Exploring Disaster Recovery
  • Partnering for Resiliency
  • The Top 5 Steps for Preparedness

For more information, and to register, visit Agility Recovery.

Disaster planning for businesses

Courtesy FEMA media library

Courtesy FEMA media library

Disaster Resistant Business (DRB) Toolkit
The DRB Toolkit™ provides a comprehensive yet simplified approach for your business and is completely customizable to fit your business' needs.