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Emergency Operations Center

Learn more about the Support Team and activation levels in our King County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the people who help keep us prepared for and responsive during emergency events.

In 1995, we created the King County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Support Team. Team members support the EOC with their time and expertise. They help during emergency activations, trainings, and exercises. Our support team includes professionals currently working in business, education, healthcare, and other fields, as well as retirees from those fields. The team serves under Washington State's Emergency Worker Program.  

Common responsibilities include:

  • Working with EOC Program and Operation Managers
  • Filling leadership and support roles during EOC activations
  • Taking part in EOC projects, programs, and activities
  • Supporting "Communications Room" activities
  • Helping create and give training
  • Recruiting for and promote the team
  • Organizing volunteers
  • Mentoring new EOC Support Team members
  • Keeping track of membership data and training records

Meetings and training

The team meets monthly for training and exercise sessions. They can also attend King County Emergency Management routine trainings and exercises. Volunteers go through appropriate training to serve in the EOC during emergencies.

Our training helps fill roles in:

  • Communications (including radio operators, call takers, and information routers)
  • Planning
  • Logistics
  • Organizing food distribution for those working in the EOC  

EOC Support Team Readiness Team members must:

  • Maintain a high level of personal preparedness and readiness to respond
  • Prepare their families for emergencies first
  • Have personal emergency response supplies
  • Have enough supplies for 72 hours  

How to apply

Send us your completed the EOC Support Team Applicant/Interest Memorandum form by email or mail.

Email your completed form to

Mail your completed form to:

King County Emergency Management
3511 NE Second St.
Renton, WA 98056

Team membership coordinators and the KCOEM Program Manager review applications. If approved, you will register as a State Emergency Worker. You must also complete a criminal history and driving record background check before participating. We may give you provisional membership during these checks.