Prepare for Emergencies

Emergencies can occur at any time and usually without warning. Multiple studies have demonstrated that if people proactively receive training before a disaster they can minimize fatalities, injuries and property damage. Experience has shown that a well thought out, coordinated response with an emphasis on safety, can help people handle emergencies with an appropriate plan and save lives.

When you consider that 91% of Americans live in places at moderate to high risk of natural disaster or terrorism, don’t make the mistake of thinking that disasters won’t strike your community. Building resilient communities requires actions to be taken before a disaster occurs.

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Core Capabilities List

The National Preparedness Goal core capabilities list describes community resilience as the ability to “lead the integrated effort to recognize, understand, communicate, plan, and address risks so that the community can develop a set of actions to accomplish Mitigation and improve resilience.”

Training & Resources

Hard economic times make it difficult for emergency services organizations around the country to find quality instruction and training, especially in rural areas or small departments. The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) offers all-hazards training both online and on site for first responders completely tuition-free.

Kilauea Volcano Helps Emergency Managers Better Prepare for Threats in Washington

When emergency management workers from Washington travel to Hawaii to help respond to the Kilauea volcanic eruption, they also learn valuable lessons for Washington’s own volcano program.
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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Federal Agencies Could Improve Dissemination of Resources to Colleges

Emergency managers at 18 colleges across the country told GAO that their efforts to prepare for emergencies involved working with the campus community to develop, communicate, and practice plans, as well as working with state and local partners.
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Seattle makes little progress on buildings that can kill in earthquakes

"You might be on borrowed time,” warns the mayor of a New Zealand city where a 2011 quake destroyed unretrofitted brick buildings and killed 185 people. Retrofitting old buildings may be expensive, she said, but it costs less than the liability for injuries or fatalities.
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Work Experience Marketplace

We are driven to deliver support and cultivate environments within the community and technical colleges to help grow capacity and talent that create jobs in the expanding job market of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.
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Apply to Join FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council

Youth can make a difference in their communities. One way is to join the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). The YPC is open to 8th – 11th graders across the Nation.
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New Emergency Rule: Challenge for Some, Good for All

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a comprehensive emergency preparedness rule in 2016 that applies to nearly every healthcare provider in the nation, and outlines steps those providers must take to improve...
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Are You Prepared? Emergency Management Event

The World Trade Center Seattle has partnered with the American Red Cross to present a panel of experts for a discussion on emergency preparedness, business continuity and how to preserve our Pacific Northwest quality of life in the face of disaster.
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Living with Earth Hazards in Western Washington Symposium

Please join us for the 2018 symposium Living with Earth Hazards in Western Washington, February 16th – 18th at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Come learn about the geologic hazards of your neighborhood and how to protect your family and property.
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Olympia’s Indifference to Earthquake Prep Could Kill Us All

From President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech to reports on the shortcomings of U.S. bridges, this is a week when critical infrastructure is in the news — and when people and organizations argue for more funding for that critical infrastructure.
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2018 Washington State Association of Public Safety Trainers and Educators (WSAPSTE) Conference

The Center is pleased to announce the 2018 Washington State Association of Public Safety Trainers and Educators (WSAPSTE) Conference, February 26-27, at the Spokane Sherriff’s Training Center in Newman Lake, WA.
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National Incident Management System

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together...
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Security and Preparedness – Active Assailant: A Critical Infrastructural Viewpoint

Beyond providing an essential community service, public utilities and critical infrastructure employees are the first line of defense against threats that could lead to widespread disruption and possibly death.
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Teaching children how to prepare for emergencies with Ready Kids

Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time and often without any warning. Children make up about 25 percent of our population so disaster planning, response and recovery efforts must take into account their unique needs.
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National Library of Medicine (NLM)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) can help. The NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has resources to help you prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Our information guides on disaster topics.
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Hazard Mitigation Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Water and wastewater utilities are vulnerable to a variety of hazards including natural disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, tornados, and wildfires. For utilities, the impacts from these hazard events include damaged equipment, loss of power, disruptions to service...
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Go Stay Kit

Besides high winds, flooding, and rain, Harvey has now caused the evacuation of over 30,000 area residents to emergency shelters. When an emergency responder knocks on your door and says, "You've got 2 minutes to get out! What'll you take?"
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Emergency Safety Officer Course – UW Center for Education and Research in Construction

This course will familiarize personnel serving as Safety Officers, Assistant Safety Officers, and in other safety-relevant Incident Command System (ICS) roles with physical and psychosocial hazards and stressors that may impact the health and safety of workers and responders...
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Natural Hazards Mitigation Association Disaster Risk Documentation

News from the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association: NHMA has released its update of the venerable Patchwork Quilt white paper which went though some 50 or so editions over the past 20+ years.
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Free Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities Webinar

The Water Security Division of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water is hosting a webinar on free preparedness tools and resources for drinking water and wastewater utilities. This webinar will feature the new Route to Resilience (RtoR) Tool.
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Public Health Surveillance for Detecting Drinking Water Contamination Webinar

In this webinar you will learn about roles and responsibilities of public health partners, methods and tips for engaging your public health partners, common public health surveillance practices and leveraging resources to detect contamination.
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