Training and workshops
King County Emergency Management is committed to helping residents gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies, prevent injuries, and recover from disasters. We offer free trainings and information sessions for businesses, community groups, schools, and other organizations throughout unincorporated areas of King County. We also coordinate delivery of this curriculum with partners serving local jurisdictions.
- Understanding local hazards and their impacts
- Emergency preparations for yourself and loved ones, as well as pets, children, seniors, and special needs populations
- How to plan for emergencies at home and work
- Creating a family emergency communications and safety plan
- Items to include in a disaster kit
- Organizing your neighbors to help each other during a disaster
- Disaster planning for community-based organizations
To request a presentation for your community group or organization, please contact SLopez@kingcounty.gov or 206-205-6545.
Please note: Not all requests can be fulfilled, but we'll make every attempt to do so.
Disaster Skills Training workshop
King County is prone to many hazards. When there are disastrous impacts, many services we rely on will be overwhelmed. Critical infrastructure, such as transportation, utility, and communication systems may be damaged. So, we all need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for days or weeks at a time. Learning disaster skills is critical to your ability to prepare and respond appropriately. This workshop addresses local hazards, utility control, water storage/purification, emergency sanitation, and creating emergency plans. The following 2019 dates are open to the public, free of charge:
January 24 (6:30 PM to 8 PM)
Pacific City Hall
Registration is required.
This same class is also being offered at local libraries and fire stations throughout King County. Registration is required.
January 31 (6:30 PM to 8 PM)
Carnation - KC Library Meeting Room
February 7 (6:30 PM to 8 PM)
North Bend - KC Library Meeting Room
February 19 (6:30 PM to 8 PM)
White Center - KC Library Meeting Room
February 27 (6:30 PM to 8 PM)
Newcastle - KC Library Meeting Room
March 4 (6:30 PM to 8 PM)
Northshore Fire Station 51
March 11 (6:30 PM to 8 PM)
Issaquah - KC Library Meeting Room
April 2 (6:30 PM to 8 PM)
Des Moines - KC Library Meeting Room
April 11 (6:30 PM to 8 PM)
Skyway - KC Library Meeting Room
All participants are welcome. For questions about accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact Sophia Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-205-6545 (Requests should be made at least 14 calendar days prior to the workshop.)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers self-paced free online courses through their Emergency Management institute. They are designed not only for emergency management professionals, but also the general public. Below are few specific courses we encourage residents or organizations to take.
- Are you Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
- Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone
- Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
- Household Hazardous Materials - A Guide for Citizens
- Earthquake Basics: Science, Risk, and Mitigation
- Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness
Organizations (schools, faith-based, businesses, community-based)
- Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools
- Continuity of Operations Awareness Course
- Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship
- Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
- Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster
- The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management