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Vision: A County with disaster-ready communities where everyone is prepared for and can recover from emergencies.

Mission: We provide regional leadership to strengthen community resilience and access to emergency services. 

King County Emergency Management provides for the effective direction, control and coordination of County government services functional units; provides liaison with other governments and the private, non-governmental section; and, serve as the coordinating entity for cities, County departments, and other appropriate agencies, during incidents and events of regional significance. This is done in support of the Executive's Vision of King County as a welcoming place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. 

Emergency management, in general, is the nexus of a number of other practices and professions, focusing them on solving the problems of emergencies and disasters. We specialize in emergency preparedness and emergency operations in the prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery mission areas. This includes hazard and threat identification, risk assessment, capability building, planning, training, exercises, and operational execution and coordination of capabilities.  Our four key initiatives are to develop and provide better situational awareness, strengthen Emergency Operations Center (EOC) readiness, promote public awareness, and contribute to disaster risk reduction.

In addition, a team of volunteers supports King County Emergency Management during activations of our Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC Support Team participates in training, exercises, and emergency coordination activities throughout the year.

Our prioritiesoem-annual-report-2020-snip

    Our priorities include four specific outcomes:

    • Regional emergency services - To provide region-wide planning and emergency response coordination for jurisdictional and private sector partners.

    • Standards based programs - To achieve a state of continuous improvement through the adoption of standards-based programs.

    • Resilient and inclusive systems - To develop resilient and inclusive systems for King County departments and the whole community.

    • Quality workforce - To develop a strong workforce made up of internal and external partners, ready to coordinate emergency preparedness and operations.
      • Our 2020 Annual Report provides specific examples of how we've achieved these outcomes.


        Brendan McCluskey, Director

        Alysha Kaplan, Deputy Director

        Sheri Badger, Sr. Communications Specialist- Public Information Officer

        Melody Hall, Confidential Secretary

        Finance and Administration

        Celia Taylor, Special Projects Manager - Recovery

        Sherrie Chatman, Grant Analyst

        Nathan Drain, EM Program Coordinator - Finance and Grant Analysis

        Deanna Montes, EM Program Coordinator - Finance and Grant Analysis

        External Affairs 

        Barnaby Dow, Senior EM Program Manager - External Affairs

        Nick Gibbons, EM Program Manager - Homeland Security 

        Sophia Lopez, EM Program Manager - Public Education and Community Engagement

        Susanna Trimarco, Program Assistant - External Affairs

        Fajr Yousaf, AmeriCorps Fellow



        Janice Rahman, Senior EM Program Manager - Operations

        Jason Shirron, EM Program Coordinator -Technical Operations and Volunteer Management

        Ted Toet, EM Program Manager - Complex Events

        Danny Arauz, Program Assistant, Dam Safety


        Nicole Johnson, Senior EM Program Manager - Preparedness

        Jared Schneider, EM Program Manager - Mitigation

        Eric O'Brien, EM Program Manager - Training and Exercise

        Tom Sharp, EM Program Manager - LEPC

        Sasha Rector, Program Coordinator - Regional Catastrophic Planning


        Organizational Chart

        Zone Coordinators

        Individual jurisdictions within King County have been grouped into three zones for the purpose of addressing and coordinating common emergency management program needs. Designated Zone Coordinators serve as liaisons for the cities, representing our office at the local level and advocating for cities during activations of our Emergency Operations Center.

        • Zone 1 - North end and Eastside 
          Coordinator: Vacant (contact KC OEM)

        Beaux Arts Village, Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Duvall, Fall City, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Medina, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bent, Redmond, Sammamish, Shoreline, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, Woodinville, Yarrow Point

        • Zone 3 - South end and Vashon Island
          Coordinator: Vacant (contact KC OEM)

        Algona, Auburn, Black Diamond, Burien, Covington, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Milton, Normandy Park, Pacific, Renton, SeaTac, Tukwila, Vashon Island 

        • Zone 5 - City of Seattle
          Coordinator: Laurel Nelson / 206-233-5075

        Seattle Emergency Management, the Mayor's Office, and city department coordination

        Toll Free 1-800-523-5044

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