Office of Emergency Management
What We Do
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) creates and promotes a safer, less vulnerable community capable to cope with all hazards and recover from disasters.
- We assess natural and human-caused hazards -- natural and human-caused. We research the 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 and the Washington State Emergency Management departments. 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.