Preparedness

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.

Pacific NorthWest Economic Region’s (PNWER) – COVID-19 Resources

The world is currently experiencing a period of unprecedented challenges, and there is much uncertainty from governments, businesses, and the general public alike. In an effort to alleviate some of this uncertainty...
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Domestic Preparedness – Monthly Journal

Read the March, 2020 edition of Domestic Preparedness Journal.
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COVID-19 Washington State – Latest News

Stay up-to-date with the latest news and alerts from the state of Washington regarding COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Protecting Health Care Workers-Lessons From Taiwan and Italy

Worldwide, health care workers (HCWs), the front-line defense force against COVID-19, have been infected with and died from this disease. Occupational health care providers in the United States (U.S.) are currently addressing emergency protocols for protecting...
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Washington State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127.
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Washington State 211

Washington 211 is operating the State COVID-19 Helpline

Washington 211 is operating the State COVID-19 Helpline (1-800-525-0127) for the Washington State Department of Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak. Normal 211 services are available but wait times have increased.
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Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

This guidance applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work.
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The Complete Emergency Management Solutions Checklist

There are many factors that determine whether your plan for emergency response can successfully keep your community safe before, during and after an incident. It doesn’t matter if you are preparing for an encroaching wildfire, a looming hurricane,
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Cyber Seek

Cybersecurity workers protect our most important and private information, from bank accounts to sensitive military communications. However, there is a dangerous shortage of cybersecurity workers in the United States that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk.
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The opening moments of the Chernobyl disaster: New theory

A brand-new theory of the opening moments during the Chernobyl disaster, the most severe nuclear accident in history, based on additional analysis. The new theory suggests the first of the two explosions reported by eyewitnesses was a nuclear and not a steam explosion...
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Rising seas: to keep humans safe, let nature shape the coast

Even under the most conservative climate change scenarios, sea levels 30cm higher than at present seem all but certain on much of the U.K.’s coast by the end of this century. Depending on emission scenarios, sea levels one meter higher than at present...
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The Cascadia Playbook

A Cascadia event is based on the threat of a catastrophic magnitude 9.0 Subduction Zone earthquake and resultant tsunami. Coastal counties will experience a devastating tsunami on top of severe ground shaking (up to five minutes).
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California Debris Cleanup for November Wildfires May Cost the State $3 Billion

The cost, which is speculative at this point, is more than twice the $1.3 billion it cost to clean up the destruction from the Wine Country fires in October 2017. The funding will come from a combination of federal, state and local governments.
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Governor’s 2019-21 Biennial Budget Proposal

Governor Inslee introduced his 2019-21 biennial budget. It contains several items that are important to emergency management.
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Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Current Events

​The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and its Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) have been awarded 2017 and 2019 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge grants for critical infrastructure.
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Major Earthquakes & Cascading Events: Potential Health and Medical Implications

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Bellevue’s Tillicum Middle School gets $60M rebuild with security upgrades

BELLEVUE, Wash. – At the end of the month, some middle school students in Bellevue will start school in a new building. It’s equipped for learning and also the ...
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Is a Lack of Institutional Knowledge Plaguing Emergency Management?

As the emergency management field grows and evolves, it does so in the face of a warming climate, a proliferation of new technologies and a changing of the guard as baby boomers retire and are replaced with younger workers.
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Disaster Health Information Search Guide

Disaster Health Information Search Guide Databases and Indexes of Disaster Literature MeSH Terms Used in Indexing Disaster-Related PubMed Disaster Medicine and Disaster Preparedness Journals in PubMed Emergency Medicine Journals in PubMed Journals in All-Hazards Database (FEMA) Glossa
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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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