OEM Mission

We partner with the community to prepare for, respond to, mitigate the impacts of, and recover from disasters.  

Principles of Emergency Management œ 

Comprehensive 

We consider and take into account all hazards, all phases, all stakeholders and all impacts relevant to disasters. œ 

Progressive  

We anticipate future disasters and take preventive and preparatory measures to build disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities. œ 

Risk-Driven

We use sound risk management principles (hazard identification, risk analysis, and impact analysis) in assigning priorities and resources. œ 

Integrated

We ensure unity of effort among all levels of government and all elements of the community.

Collaborative

We create and sustain broad and sincere relationships among individuals and organizations to encourage trust, advocate a team atmosphere, build consensus, and facilitate communication.

Flexible

We use creative and innovative approaches in solving disaster challenges. œ 

Professional

We value a science and knowledge-based approach based on education, training, experience, ethical practice, public stewardship and continuous improvement.

Values

Service Oriented, Collaborative, Continuous Improvement  



Mitigation triange

Mitigation "triage" Workshop

As the owner of multiple buildings how do you decide where to focus your scarce mitigation dollars when you have limited funds for engineering? To explore this question, SeattleOffice of  Emergency Management hosted a workshop for professionals in the field to discuss:

  • Strategies for prioritizing mitigation actions across multiple buildings
  • Approaches to working with limited resources
  • Other lessons learned and innovative ideas  

The goal of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for attendees to share best practices in facility seismic risk reduction, as well as to ask questions, share ideas, and build relationships with others engaged in this type of work across our city.  

To learn more about the workshop click the following links to view the presentations that were given.

Seattle Office of Emergency Management

2014 Annual Report

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management has just completed the 2014 Annual Report.  This Report provides highlights and accomplishments of the City of Seattle's Emergency Management Program. Click here to check it out.  

Seattle.Gov Alerts Blog

12/10/2014
With a windstorm predicted for Thursday, is your family ready. Take winter by storm with these tips: • Make sure storm drains are clear of leaves and debris to prevent flooding in your neighborhood. Clear with a rake or broom (only if it’s safe). Don’t put grass clippings, leaves, or other debris into drains, ditches, […]
11/25/2014
City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/25/2014

Seattle closes Emergency Operations Center

SEATTLE (November 25, 2014) The Seattle Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center deactivated at 2:30 p.m. The police department continues to provide support for free speech events city-wide.

Members of the press should contact Seattle Police Department for media inquiries: 206-684-5520.

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11/25/2014
This morning’s Ferguson Solidarity March and Rally, organized by the Seattle King County NAACP and United Black Clergy, will begin at noon at the Mount Calvary Christian Center which is located at 1412 23rd Ave. The City of Seattle is helping to facilitate a peaceful march. The march is expected to travel toward the Federal […]
11/25/2014
To help facilitate a peaceful march today, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray activated the City of Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 9:30 a.m. on November 25, 2014. The EOC will provide coordination amongst multiple departments during a solidarity march led by local faith leaders. This march is currently expected to start at 11:30 a.m. in […]
11/24/2014
The Seattle Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center closed at 8:45 p.m. The police department continues to provide support for free speech events city-wide. Members of the press should contact Seattle Police Department for media inquiries: 206-684-5520.

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