Training and workshops

We aim to support people in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to both thrive and recover from a disaster. Each year we train thousands of people how to prepare for emergencies, prevent injuries and respond effectively when a disaster strikes. Year round we offer free training and information sessions to individuals, businesses, community groups, schools and other organizations throughout Seattle. Free training and workshops include:

SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare)

The SNAP program introduces participants to basic information on personal and family preparedness, including how to develop a disaster plan and an emergency supply kit. In addition, a SNAP presentation  provides guidance and tools for organizing with neighbors. Participants will become familiar with neighborhood response priorities and strategies for working together with neighbors to ensure an effective neighborhood response.

Intended Audience: A group of neighbors from a particular block, apartment building, or condo. You may also want to have a SNAP presentation at a community center or other location to get a larger group of neighbors thinking about preparedness.

Duration: 30 minutes - 1 hour

Disaster Preparedness: The Basics

This presentation provides an overview of the hazards that can impact Seattle, and steps that individuals and families can take to become more prepared to deal with them. This includes guidance on how to  develop a disaster plan, build a disaster supply kit, and organize with your neighbors to become better prepared. The presentation also provides an overview of other OEM efforts including the SNAP program, Community Emergency Hubs, and the City's new alert and notification system, Alert Seattle.

Intended Audience: This presentation is intended for a broad array of audiences. This could include a business or non-profit organization looking to increase the personal preparedness of its employees. It could also include a community group looking to improve the personal preparedness of the neighborhood or people they serve.

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Fill out the online form to request an emergency preparedness presentation for your community group or organization.

The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) offers on-line courses through their Emergency Management Institute. The courses are self-paced and designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

FEMA's independent study program offers courses that support the nine mission areas identified by the National Preparedness Goal:

  • Incident Management
  • Operational Planning
  • Disaster Logistics
  • Emergency Communications
  • Service to Disaster Victims
  • Continuity Programs
  • Public Disaster Communications
  • Integrated Preparedness
  • Hazard Mitigation

Learn more about the Emergency Management Institute or enroll in an on-line course click here


Earthquake Home Retrofit Classes

Introductory class provides information for do-it-yourselfers or those who want to become educated consumers on how to seismically secure your home (especially if built before 1980) to its foundation. Experienced home retrofit instructors share their insight on tools needed, building techiniques, the city's free plan set and the permit process. View the upcoming trainings page to see when the next class is offered.

Disaster Skills Workshop

This workshop provides training on key skills needed after a disaster and more in depth instruction on key preparedness actions. Participants will rotate through four stations, with each lasting 30 minutes. The workshop covers the following topics: (1) Fire Extinguisher Use, (2) Utility Control, (3) Building a Kit, and (4) Water Storage and Purification. Registration is required for this session. View the upcoming trainings page to see when the next workshop is offered.

Disaster Skills: Basic Aid

Learn how to care for and respond to injuries afer a major disaster when 9-1-1 is overwhelmed or unavailable. This session provides practice on how to recognize and treat life-threatening conditions, how to conduct a patient assessment and how to creatively use household items as first aid materials. **Course does not meet requirements for first aid certification. View the upcoming trainings page to see when the next training is offered.