Emergency management professionals
King County Emergency Management provides leadership and support to the entire region of King County - the 13th largest county in the nation with two million people. We work in partnership with cities, counties, state, and federal agencies, tribes, special purpose districts, non-profit organizations, community groups, and private businesses to develop a regional approach to emergency planning, response, and recovery. These collaborative partnerships are essential for effective coordination of information, resources, and services throughout our region. Together we are committed to protecting public safety, property, and the environment.
The five phases of emergency management - Prevention, Protection, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation - drive our work to:
- Coordinate regional emergency planning, response, and recovery activities through stakeholder engagement.
- Manage resources and information sharing before, during, and after a disaster.
- Facilitate training and exercises to test regional emergency capabilities and inter-agency communications.
- Recommend policies, strategies, and standards.
- Fund and maintain regional technology tools that provide situation awareness, alert, warning, and notifications for emergencies.
King County and Regional Plans
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.
Committees and Teams
We support a number of programs and strategies aimed at preparing for, responding to, and recovering from regional disasters and local emergencies. Our goal is to build more resilient communities. Specific committees representing key stakeholders ensure these activities incorporate Homeland Security plans and requirements, and are appropriate, inclusive, and updated on a regular basis.
Training and Exercises
After individual plans are developed, appropriate personnel are trained and exercises are conducted to test and evaluate the plans. This allows us to identify gaps and make modifications.