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King County Emergency Management is committed to helping residents gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies, prevent injuries, and recover from disasters. We offer free trainings and information sessions for businesses, community groups, schools, and other organizations throughout unincorporated areas of King County. We also coordinate delivery of this curriculum with partners serving local jurisdictions.

Topics include:

  • Understanding local hazards and their impacts 
  • Emergency preparations for yourself and loved ones, as well as pets, children, seniors, and special needs populations
  • How to plan for emergencies at home and work 
  • Creating a family emergency communications and safety plan 
  • Items to include in a disaster kit
  • Organizing your neighbors to help each other during a disaster
  • Disaster planning for community-based organizations

To request a presentation for your community group or organization, please contact or 206-205-5497. Please note: Not all requests can be fulfilled, but we'll make every attempt to do so.


Disaster Skills Training

Multiple hazards threaten the King County region. When a disaster happens, many of the services we rely on will be interrupted and emergency responders will be quickly overwhelmed. Critical infrastructure, such as transportation, utility, and communication systems may be damaged. So, we all need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for days or weeks at a time.

Learning disaster skills is critical to your ability to prepare for and respond appropriately during a crisis. Attend our Basic Disaster Skills and Advanced Disaster Skills trainings to learn how to protect yourself and those you care about, as well minimizing damage to your home and property.



Basic Disaster Skills

This workshop addresses local hazards, utility control, water storage/purification, emergency sanitation, and creating emergency plans. 

Video training is now available.






Advanced Disaster Skills

This workshop is a continuation of our Basic Skills classes. It provides an overview of the types of bleeding and ways to control a bleeding wound, and the various types of fires that can occur and how you can mitigate these hazards. Note: This is not a Stop the Bleed course, nor is it a certifying course.

While it’s not required that you attend Basic Skills training before attending Advanced Disaster Skills class, it is highly recommended you do so. The following classes are open to the public, free of charge. 

All participants are welcome. For questions about accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact Susanna Trimarco at or 206-205-5497. Requests should be made at least 14 calendar days prior to the workshop.

Federal Emergency Management Agency training

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers self-paced free online courses through their Emergency Management institute. They are designed not only for emergency management professionals, but also the general public. Below are few specific courses we encourage residents or organizations to take. 


Organizations (schools, faith-based, businesses, community-based)  

Toll Free 1-800-523-5044

TTY Relay 711