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

5/1/2015
City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/2/2015

Seattle stands down Emergency Operations Center after day of peaceful marches and events

SEATTLE (May 1, 2015) – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray deactivated the City of Seattle's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 4 p.m. this afternoon. The EOC was activated at 11:30 a.m. to provide support to the City and coordinate response for potential traffic impacts for planned events and marches.

The Seattle Police Department and the Seattle Department of Transportation will continue to monitor the peaceful marches for any impacts to traffic this evening.

The Joint Information Center (JIC) media lines are now shut down.

-MoS-

[View City of Seattle News Release]
5/1/2015
City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/2/2015

Seattle stands up Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response to potential traffic impacts

SEATTLE (May 2, 2015) – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray activated the City of Seattle's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 11:30 a.m. this morning to provide support to the city and coordinate response to potential traffic impacts for events and marches planned for today.

The City of Seattle also activated the Joint Information Center (JIC) in support of EOC Operations. Please direct all media inquiries to the JIC using 206-233-5072.

-MoS-

[View City of Seattle News Release]
4/30/2015
City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/1/2015

Emergency Operations Center deactivated

SEATTLE (May 1, 2015, 10:30 p.m.) – The City of Seattle's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) deactivated today at 10:30 p.m.

[View City of Seattle News Release]
4/30/2015
City of SeattleFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/1/2015

Mayor Ed Murray provides May Day update

SEATTLE (May 1, 2015, 8:25 p.m.) – The Seattle Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is recommending that Capitol Hill residents and businesses take precautions as protests in the neighborhood have erupted into several incidents of violence.

"As we continue to witness acts of violence from protesters, we urge folks on Capitol Hill to exercise caution," said Mayor Ed Murray. "Seattle Police are advising that businesses on Broadway and other Capitol Hill streets should take reasonable precautions to protect their employees and customers. Police will continue to work to protect people and property in the area, and will make arrests when necessary."

Protesters have been seen throwing bricks, overturning dumpsters, and wielding sticks and other weapons.

As of 8:15 p.m., three police officers have been injured in clashes with protesters. Several protesters have been arrested.

EOC will provide further updates throughout the evening.

[View City of Seattle News Release]
4/30/2015
Tomorrow is May Day, which means you only have 10 more days to plan something nice for Mother’s Day. Also, you’ll see a large crowd winding its way through the Central District and downtown Seattle during the afternoon and evening as part of the 14th Annual May Day March for Worker and Immigrant Rights, organized by El […]

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