Spokane Emergency Preparedness
Who depends on YOU in an emergency?
Your family, elderly or special needs relatives, pets or farm animals, or friends?
We encourage you to prepare for potential emergencies and disasters so you can reduce suffering by your loved ones. While there are many local organizations actively preparing to assist us; they can be overwhelmed by large incidents and may not be able to respond quickly enough.
Information is included on this website on potential risks along with methods to prepare so that we can take care of ourselves, our loved ones and our businesses until help arrives.
You will find a multitude of links to the many involved organizations. Please check out the Volunteer Opportunities page where you can find many opportunities to learn more while you assist others in need.
We have just expanded our coverage to include information on preparedness information for businesses provided by our local Alliance for Business Continuity & Disaster Preparedness. Please check out the information by clicking on the “Business Preparedness” tab above.
We have recently updated our brochure on Preparedness and Involvement in both disaster preparedness and crime prevention. This is a large file but the brochure and is also available at many COPS andSCOPE stations along with public libraries and city halls in Spokane County.
Wiki launches Accessibility Toolkit to empower people with disabilities to use social media to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Click here for more information.
The "Take Winter By Storm" public education campaign provides preparedness tools and resources in multiple languages, and emphasizes the actions residents should take now to keep themselves and others safe during unpredictable winter storms and other emergencies. Visit www.TakeWinterByStorm.org for downloadable preparedness and maintenance checklists, emergency contact cards and more.
Disease Transmission Prevention. To protect ourselves and others from diseases, such as pertussis, flu and colds, we all need to practice better hand and respiratory hygiene. Please see the information that has been extracted from other organizations on hand washing techniques and respiratory safety.
Spokane County has implemented an emergency community warning system, Alert Spokane, that is able to send emergency messages via telephone, cellular phone, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or email to residents and businesses located within Spokane County. This system may be used by emergency response personnel to notify specific homes and businesses at risk with specific information about an emergency event. You will only be called when the associated address will be impacted by an emergency. Please click here to go to the AlertSpokane site for more information and to register your cell and VOIP phones.
Do you have questions about what type of mask may help you from contracting the pandemic flu or other airborne viruses? Please see this article for some valuable information.
In line with our promoting citizen involvement in organizations such as SCOPE, CERT, COPS, HEART, etc. we also promote citizens using radios for emergency communications. When phones (cell and landline) are down, radio equipment is the most effective way to send and receive important messages. Citizens with inexpensive short-range FRS and CB radios can effectively team up with amateur (ham) operators with their greater range and capabilities to seek assistance for their families and neighborhoods. Please read this article produced by World Net Daily and check out the National SOS Radio Network site promoting citizens and ham operators working together.
For those with disabilities, here is a very good preparedness guide put out by Los Angeles’ Office of Emergency Management. Be patient, this is a large file.
Emergency Resource Guide put out by the State of Washington is available to download or ordering at WA DOH. This thirty-eight page booklet contains excellent information on potential threats and preparedness for them.
For those interested in Business Continuity, check out the local Alliance for Business Continuity & Disaster Preparedness!
For information on additional topics, please click the links at the top.
(Icons and links included on web site do not represent endorsement by or of associated organizations.)
Page last updated on 12/17/12
This site is developed for the citizens of the INW by Christopher S Barnes of Spokane Emergency Management, with valuable assistance from local emergency responders.
For comments, corrections or additions please contact Chris