Emergency information for employees
Are you ready for an emergency situation? Most of us are not as ready as we’d like to be. Where do we begin? Where do we go from there? What questions do we ask ourselves and others? Some of the most frequently asked questions are answered here.
Emergency Information for Employees: FAQs
The first paragraph of the County’s Emergency Information for Employees web site provides a great list of sources:
- Call the Employee Hotline at 206-205-8600 (save it in your cellphone!)
- Check your King County email
- Go to www.kcemployees.com
- Contact your supervisor
- Follow King County on Twitter - @kcemployees, @kingcountywa and @kcmetrobus
- Check your agency website or Intranet
- Visit King County Emergency for regional impacts
The HR Bulletin is available online, and the following is an overview:
- Administrative offices and King County operations will remain open during emergency situations and inclement weather that do not pose an immediate life, health, or safety risk to its occupants unless directed otherwise by the King County Executive or the respective department director.
- Because of potential staffing shortages, employees may be deployed to provide support for varied county operations in alternative worksites and should expect to come to work.
- Departments should make every reasonable effort to allow employees who have reported to work to check on the status of their families, providing that doing so does not compromise emergency response functions.
- In the case of closure of specific offices, employees will be sent home as a last resort because it is preferred that the employees be deployed to other agencies which remain open. Should employees be sent home, payment of wages to employees will be made in accordance with the established emergency processes as detailed in the HR Bulletin.
Information will be provided on the Superior Court website, or by calling the following hotlines for recorded updates on the status of work locations.
- Seattle courthouse/NJB employees: 206-205-6767
- MRJC courthouse employees: 206-205-6746
- Youth Services Center employees: 206-205-6747
All operations that are staffed on a 24-hour basis, or staffed by commissioned detectives or deputies, are considered essential, and employees scheduled to report to work in these operations are required to report to work despite emergency conditions or closure of other county operations. Refer to the King County Sheriff’s Office Inclement Weather Policy.
In a significant event, we will use all available communication channels to reach you with important information for keeping you, your families, and your customers safe and informed. To ensure you don't miss critical, time-sensitive messages, we are asking all employees to verify and/or enter their contact information in PeopleSoft. To do this, log in to PeopleSoft and go to:
- My Personal Information > Phone Numbers (to verify or update work, home, and/or cell phone numbers)
- My Personal Information > Email Addresses (to verify or update work or personal email addresses)
Use these resources for commute information”
- Sign up for Metro Transit Alerts (text, email, tweets via @kcmetrobus, see RSS feed via desktop or mobile RSS reader)
- Sign up for King County Road Alerts (text, email, tweets via @kcroads)
- Sign up for King County Water Taxi Alerts (text, email)
- Visit theKing County My Commute page
- Visit theEye on Your Metro Commute (blog during peak weekday commutes).
- Emergency Preparedness Checklists
- Earthquake Preparedness
- Emergency Contact Cards
- Office and Personal Kit Supplies
- Basic Kit Supplies
- Car Kit Supplies
- Pet Kit Supplies
- Important Documents and Records
- water for 7-10 days (1 gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation)
- food for 7-10 days (non-perishable food per person)
- cash (ATMs won’t work without electricity)
- battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- flashlight with extra batteries
- first aid kit
- whistle (to signal for help)
- filter masks or cotton t-shirts to help filter air
- moist towelettes for sanitation
- a wrench or pliers to turn utilities off if necessary
- a manual can opener
- shelter items like tents, tarps and rope
- unique family needs
You may also need specialty items. For example, if you have medical equipment or a sump pump that requires electricity, you will need a generator and fuel.