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 priorities include four specific outcomes:
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
Barnaby Dow, Senior EM Program Manager - External Affairs
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
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
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