Welcome to the Seattle Office of Emergency Management's new and improved website!

Welcome to our new website!  We have developed a new structure that we feel will be easier to navigate and get you to the information you are looking for quicker. It is based on three concepts:

What if?  

In this section you will find information about the specific hazards that we face in this part of the world and how the City is prepared to respond to them.

What Can I do?  

This section will provide you with all the emergency preparedness information we have.  From making a family plan to storing water, to making sure your pets are as prepared as your family.

Working Together

This section provides you information for connecting with your neighbors and community.

You will also find a Resource Library with a wide range of information, as well as site for Recovery information.  Our goal was to make the site as user friendly as possible.  We'd love to get your feedback!  email us as SNAP@seattle.gov and let us know what you think.

Get Ready for Winter!

We have had a fabulous summer, but Fall is now in full swing.  The days have gotten shorter and we've already had our first windstorm.  How did you do?  If you found a few holes in your preparedness plan, now is the time to fix them.  Doing a few simple things before our next storm can make a world of difference.  

  • Check your emergency preparedness kit to make sure that your water and non-perishable food items haven't exceeded their pull dates; the batteries in your flashlight and radio are charged; and the warm clothes you put in for the kids still fit them.  What, you don't have a kit? If that is the case, start simple, pull together the five essentials; non-perishable food, water, a light source, warm clothes and sturdy boots. To learn more about putting together a kit go to Prepare Yourself
  • Make a Plan, this is as easy as talking with your family about what you will do and then practicing to make sure everyone is on the same page.
  • Stay informed about approaching weather systems and take the necessary precautions to reduce the impact of the weather, such as clearing your outside drains BEFORE the storm hits.  You can also sign up for weather updates from the National Weather Service 

What should I know about Ebola?

With all the media attention on Ebola it is important to temper your anxiety about a pandemic outbreak with some cold hard facts.  Pubic Health Seattle King County and  Centers for Disease Control both have excellent websites that provide a wealth of information regarding the disease.  It is important to note that the chances of contracting the disease in the United States are astronomically small.  The focus on Ebola does provide a good opportunity to reinforce the importance of practicing good disease prevention behaviors.  Visit Public Health Seattle King County website Stop Germs, Stay Healthy to learn more about healthy behaviors that are effective in limiting the spread of colds and flu.

Seattle.Gov Alerts Blog

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