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The Seattle Office of Emergency Management partners with the community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Explore our Preparedness, Recovery, Programs & Services, and Hazards sections for up-to-date information and news. For a schedule of classes and other preparedness activities, see our event calendar.
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Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference
April 22-24, 2014
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, Tacoma, WA
Call for Presentations
September 2, 2013
Complete the application online
Researchers, scholars, and practitioners in, or associated with, emergency management are invited to participate in the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference to be held at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, WA on April 22-24, 2014. more
- Recovery Planning Framework Report
This Phase 1 Post-Disaster Recovery Plan Framework report identifies key short and long-term recovery issues and recommends a framework for a recovery plan. In 2013 & 2014, the Seattle Office of Emergency Management will continue with the development of a full disaster recovery plan for the city.
- Seattle Office of Emergency Management
2012 Annual Report (pdf)
Check out OEM’s Annual Report for highlights on the work that has been done by the City of Seattle to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from disasters.
- The Hard Realities of Earthquake Recovery: Christchurch, NZ - Two Years Later (pdf)
John Schelling is the Washington State Emergency Management Earthquake Program Manager. John travelled to Christchurch, New Zealand in August, 2012 to observe the progress Seattle's sister city is making in recovering from a powerful earthquake. He shares his astute observations in this presentation.
- "Two Hands" - Powerpoint
- Take Winter By Storm
Get ready for wind, rain, power outages or whatever comes our way this season. "Take Winter By Storm" is the largest regional campaign in Western Washington to help everyone stay warm, safe and dry. Register on the TWBS website to receive continuing updates and alerts.
- Smart911 Makes its Debut in King County
Check out the link below and see attached Fact Sheet:
- After Action Report and Improvement Plan for the City of Seattle Evergreen Earthquake Functional Exercise, June 5 and 6, 2012.
- Activation History for Seattle Emergency Operating Center (EOC). Since 2005, the Seattle Emergency Operating Center has activated for 12 large scale exercises and 25 actual events, of which, 6 were large enough to warrant a Presidential Disaster Declaration. For more information on Seattle EOC Activation history click here.
Check out this new "one-stop shop" that includes personal testimonials, preparedness resources and a school contest on how to get ready for a catastrophe, part of an eight-county effort throughout Puget Sound. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook!
- Help Us Plan for Disaster
Seattle Office of Emergency Management hosted two community meetings to discuss the Seattle Disaster Readiness and Response Plan. In our ongoing commitment to planning with the community rather than for the community, we invite you to weigh in on the plan by emailing us at: Seattle-DisasterPlan@seattle.gov. If you are interested in hosting a meeting for friends or a pre-existing group you belong to, please let us know and we'd be happy to schedule a time to do that.
- Disaster Survivors: Tell Us Your Story, Teach Others
Remember living through the power outages, winter storms, excessive heat and flooding events in our area over the past few years? Perhaps you or a family member survived Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Japan, or catastrophe in another part of the world. If so, the lessons you learned may help teach and inspire others.