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  



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what are we doing to prepare the city for a major earthquake?

 

With all the talk about how a major earthquake could affect Seattle, here's a summary that highlights how the City has been preparing for the next big one: click here to view summary.


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.  

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