Smoke to continue to affect King County through the week. Get up-to-date information and guidance here.
September is National Preparedness Month!
King County Emergency Management joins organizations from around the region to support the community in disaster planning. As residents continue to respond to the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and ongoing racial injustice, there is no better time to get involved. Preparedness is a yearlong effort, but disasters don't wait. Check out resources on how to make a plan, building a kit, and support your community today to help mitigate the effects of a disaster on your family and loved ones. King County will be sharing tips throughout the month on Facebook, Twitter, and their NEW Instagram account.
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
King County is taking steps to protect the health of our community during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. There are also steps you can take personally to minimize your risk of disease. Stay safe by following guidance provided by Public Health - Seattle & King County:
- Follow Stay Home Stay Healthy guidelines.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Practice other good health habits, such as keeping surfaces clean, getting plenty of sleep, reducing stress, and eating nutritious food
- Practice physical distancing - stay at least 6' apart from others - to help stop the spread of coronavirus
Update on face coverings
- With King County in Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan, and state requirements about face coverings in effect, the county is distributing 5 million cloth face coverings and 20 million disposable face coverings to residents, workers and businesses.
- Get information about the county's face covering distribution program.
Can you help? Want to donate?
Check out the King County Regional Donations Connector.
Individuals, agencies and businesses are invited to share what they have to contribute (i.e. funding, surgical supplies, masks, counseling etc.) and link up with frontline organizations.
For government agencies and medical care providers:
Do you need supplies or staff for the COVID-19 response?
Please refer to the COVID-19 Emergency Resource Requests site.
Emergency planning, preparedness, and response in King County
King County Emergency Management Director Brendan McCluskey talks about his agency's role, and what all of us can do, to become better prepared for emergencies and disasters.