Office of Emergency Management

What We Do

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) creates and promotes a safer, less vulnerable community capable of coping with all hazards and recovering from disasters.

  • We assess natural and human-caused hazards, risks and vulnerabilities.  We write, practice, and revise plans and operating procedures for all aspects of emergency management. 
  • We work closely with neighboring cities as well as regional partners such as King County OEM and the Washington State Emergency Management Division.  We collaborate with nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools, local businesses, and special districts. 
  • We educate and train the community.  It is our goal that citizens and their families have the skills, knowledge, and abilities to be prepared for -- and get through -- a disaster.
  • We operate the city's Emergency Coordination Center (ECC), which is activated for citywide communication and coordination duties in response to an incident.  
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