Emergency Preparedness

Welcome to the Safe Kids WA Emergency Preparedness site!

Learn how to get prepared and be ready when the unexpected happens. 

Here, you will find links for how to prepare for emergencies, how to prevent them and for what to do when an emergency happens. Keep checking back for more, new resources will be added and the information here will be regularly updated.

Share these resources with your friends, family and community to help everyone get prepared.

Wildfire Smoke

Be ready to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. Here are steps you can take to get prepared.


Check the Washington Smoke Blog for current air quality conditions and forecasts across the state to stay up-to-date


Download this guide from Airnow.gov to help create a clean room in your home when the air outside is unhealthy. This guide also includes information on how to create a DIY Box Fan Filter to filter the air in your home.

How to Create a Clean Room at Home


Wildfire Evacuation


This video from the Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC) Coalition on Inclusive Emergency Planning (CIEP) and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) covers preparedness tips on dealing with smoky air and evacuations that are common during the wildfire season, typically July through October each year. The video is accessible in ASL with captions and voice-over. 

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Local Emergency Alerts

FEMA Lookup

Use this tool from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to lookup information for local response, emergency management and resources for current disasters.


Alert and Warning Notifications from the Washington Emergency Management Division
  • Opt in to local alerts for your specific area for Floods, Wildfires and more.
  • Sign up for statewide and regional alerts for Earthquakes, Volcano notification and Tsunami warnings.
  • Download the USGS ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning system available on all mobile phones in Washington which can provide seconds of warning to get safe.
  • https://mil.wa.gov/alerts
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All Hazard Posters

Download this handy one-page guide from the Washington Emergency Management Division with basic emergency information for earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis, as well as power outages, hot weather, chemical hazards and more.

Available in English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.


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