Washington Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know

The state of Washington encourages, supports, and empowers businesses to adopt disaster preparedness measures to protect employees and facilities. It has comprehensive emergency information and resources available at http://access.wa.gov/emergency/index.aspx. Topics include volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires and droughts, floods and mud slides, power outages, security threats, contagious diseases, and more.

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The Homeland Security Section of the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) provides analysis and aid, grants, equipment, resources sharing, and other support services for all-hazard emergency planning to local governments, tribes, and businesses. The EMD Business Portal is designed to help "protect the future of your business" by helping companies plan, prepare, respond, and resume. Go to http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_in focus.shtml for information and an extensive list of links to resources.


The state of Washington Emergency Alert System uses local AM and FM radio and television stations to broadcast emergency warnings and information. Counties and other local jurisdictions may have additional notification systems.

There is also a system of sirens in place to warn residents about impending emergencies such as tsunamis or radiological releases. EMD holds Preparedness Month drills each year in April that assist businesses and individuals in reviewing and adjusting emergency response plans. The entire state observes drills for earthquakes and severe storms, and coastal areas also hold tsunami evacuation exercises. Part of the drills are the sounding of warning sirens.


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