Prepare for an Emergency

The actions taken in the initial minutes after an emergency are critical.

Disaster Distress Helpline + Additional Behavioral Health Resources

When disaster strikes, often people react with increased anxiety, worry and anger. The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

disaster preparednessThe first step when developing an emergency response plan is to conduct a risk assessment to identify potential emergency scenarios. An understanding of what can happen will enable you to determine resource requirements and to develop plans and procedures to prepare for events.

The National Protection Framework describes what the whole community should do to safeguard against acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other threats or hazards. It describes the core capabilities; roles and responsibilities; and coordinating structures that facilitate the protection of individuals, communities, and the Nation.

Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)

Continuity of Operations is an effort within individual executive departments and agencies to ensure timely and orderly continuous performance of essential functions during and after an emergency with the goal to minimize loss of life, injury, and property damage.

Washington State Food Protection Task Force

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans (CEMP)

A comprehensive emergency management plan is a written basic plan with elements which address all natural and man-made emergencies and disasters to which a political subdivision is vulnerable. The comprehensive emergency management plan specifies the purpose, organization, responsibilities and facilities of agencies and officials of the political subdivision in the mitigation of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies and disasters.