January Spotlight:   Prepare in a Year

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State EOC Activation: Phase III

News:  Disaster News Access WA

(Updated: 01/15/09, 2:30 p.m.)

Mudslide SR20 (Courtesy of WSDOT)Reminder: Preliminary Damage Assessment surveys are in process.

Residents and businesses - please continue to report damages resulting from the winter storms and flooding to your local emergency management agency. 

Specific contact information is listed on the Damage Reporting Contact List or you may contact your local Emergency Management Agency.

Learn more about Preliminary Damage Assessments at PDA Process.

Donation and Volunteer Information

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Donation and Volunteer Information



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At a Glance:

Boil water advisory: Four systems have been restored. All or part of seven water systems in Pacific, Lewis, Whatcom, King, Snohomish, Kittitas, and Yakima Counties remain under flood-related water advisories. Please see the Public Water Systems Map or the DOH News Release for details.

US 97 from milepost 149 to milepost 85 remains closed due to mud slides and road erosion. It is estimated the pass will open to traffic on January, 16th at 6:00 p.m. For additional road closure information see: Road Closures and Slowdowns (WSDOT) or call 5-1-1.

The Flood Warning for the Cedar River at Renton remains in effect. All other warnings and advisories have expired. For a complete list of alerts and warnings see: Weather Alerts for Washington (NOAA/NWS).

The avalanche danger is moderate for the mountain passes below 7,000 feet. Landslides continue to be a risk so please use caution when traveling through slide prone areas. Report landslides to the Department of Natural Resources at their web site.

Shelter Information: See a complete list of shelters by county or call 2-1-1 for detailed information.

Reporting Damages: Damage Reporting Contact List

Disaster Recovery Job Opportunities


The Emergency Management Division is currently accepting applications for Disaster Reservists and Secretarial/Administrative jobs to support disaster recovery efforts. See the State Job Opportunities web page for additional information.

Local Emergency Management Agencies

Information and Resources


Flood Information

For local information please contact your
local emergency management agency.


We often think that "it won't happen here", but as we have seen in recent years, disasters such as floods, severe winter storms, and extended power outages do occur across our state. We must accept this as reality and assume responsibility by taking action to prepare ourselves, our loved ones, homes, pets and neighborhoods.

Prepare in a Year is an innovative and simple approach to disaster preparedness. Simply choose one hour each month and complete the designated activity. You can start any time of the year, but why not start this month andIn Focus logo  make disaster preparedness a part of your New Year's commitment.

Learn more at our In Focus page.

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No key events or activities planned for the month of January.


Disaster Assistance

  • December 2008 Winter Weather - Report Damage - Home and business owners should file a report of damages incurred as a result of the recent winter weather with their local emergency management office.
  • November 2008 Flooding - Information can be found: After the Storm Resource page.
  • July 2008 Eastern Washington Wildfires - Assistance for Homeowners.

For disaster related assistance or questions, please contact your local emergency management agency.



The Emergency Management Division’s alert and warning center handled 249 requests for emergency support and coordination in September, raising the year-to-date total to 4,100. More information: December Monthly Report.

National Threat Advisory

Color Key:
Red: Severe Risk of Terrorist Attacks
Orange: High Risk of Terrorist Attacks
Yellow: Significant Risk of Terrorist Attacks
Blue: General Risk of Terrorist Attacks
Green: Low Risk of Terrorist Attacks


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