Best Resources For Emergency Preparedness In Seattle

February 1, 2013 5:00 AM

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From the Cascade and Olympic Mountains to sprawling, open beaches, Washington State is a wonderful place to live. But the Evergreen state – and the Seattle area in particular – has its fair share of ecological risks. Washington faces nine natural hazards including avalanches, drought, earthquakes, floods, landslides, severe storms, tsunamis, volcanoes and wildland fires. Of these risks, the Seattle area is most susceptible to drought, earthquakes, floods, severe storms and tsunamis. Fortunately, Seattle also has wonderful resources for supporting its residents during emergencies. 

Disaster Preparedness & Response Task Force
1911 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 448-4938

The Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force is comprised of volunteer engineers, architects and other professionals. The Task Force serves the City of Seattle, King County and the Puget Sound region, preparing for emergencies through seminars, training and volunteer emergency response and relief efforts. The task force has assisted with earthquake and flood responses in the Puget Sound region and provided support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Emergency Preparedness Service
309 S. Cloverdale St.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 762-0889

The Emergency Preparedness Service has provided businesses, schools and government agencies with its own safety kits since 1989. EPS’ product list includes first aid and trauma kits, evacuation chairs, emergency blankets, and safety vests. The first aid kits include emergency blankets and food, packaged water and safety and survival tools. EPS also offers refill kits and discount pricing for higher-quantity orders.

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Seattle Office of Emergency Management
(206) 684-2489

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management provides classes and resources to support the Seattle community during an emergency. This office provides preparedness and response plans as well emergency training. The office also supports Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP), a partnership with the City of Seattle that works to help Seattle residents prepare for emergencies. SNAP encourages residents to get together, get confident and get organized while developing family disaster plans, creating out-of-area contacts and building emergency supply kits.

The Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division
20 Aviation Drive
Camp Murray, WA 98430
(253) 512-7000

The Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division provides emergency preparedness information for homes, neighborhoods and family members, including pets. The division provides12 steps for preparing for an emergency, including creating an action plan, making a 72-hour comfort kit and a home hazard hunt. The action plans include tips for surviving tsunamis, earthquakes, chemical releases and volcanoes. It also provides information on vehicle safety preparedness, food safety and emergency food supplies and pandemic flu information.

Seattle Red Cross
1900 25th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 323-2345

The Seattle Red Cross provides emergency kits, a disaster training course and courses in first aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), AED (automated external defibrillator) and pet first aid. Classes offered by the Seattle Red Cross are available for both professional and volunteer responders and certified and non-certified training options are available. The “Be Red Cross Ready” program is available for individuals or families and provides information for evacuations due to natural disasters. Emergency preparedness supplies at the Red Cross store include emergency preparedness kits for one of four persons, safety emergency packs, emergency water storage systems and emergency radios.

Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on

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