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Island County > Emergency Management

Department of Emergency Management


The Island County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) works directly with the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the State Homeland Security Region 1 which includes Island, San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties.​

Our Mission

The DEM is responsible for emergency management within Island County to include planning and coordinating actions for the preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery from natural and man-made emergencies and disasters. DEM provides hazard information, coordinates and provides emergency training for county residents and first responders. The DEM also operates the county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when it is activated.




Island County DEM now has a mobile phone app that will provide valuable tools for Island County Citizens to prepare for emergencies and disasters.

To download go to: http://readydl.com/island-county

Some of the features include:

  • Share your status with your selected contacts with the push of a button.
  • Receive critical emergency alerts via push notification.
  • Locate Island County's emergency shelters.
  • Display up-to-date evacuation route maps.
  • Get the latest news and weather for the Island County area.
  • Report Damage or Hazards
  • Create a personalized Emergency Preparedness Plan by answering five basic questions.

Once Your Plan is generated, it is stored on your smartphone and can easily be shared with family members and friends. Your Plan comprises:

  • An Emergency Supply Kit Checklist tailored to your needs.
  • A Customized Emergency Food Supply Shopping List.
  • An Emergency Communications Plan to notify your loved ones of your status
  • Critical information to prepare your home for impending disaster.

Learn about the various emergency situations that Island County, Washington residents are most likely to face in five integrated eGuides:

  • Emergency Preparedness for People with Functional Needs
  • Emergency Preparedness for Pet Owners
  • Emergency Preparedness for Children
  • Earthquakes
  • Winter Storms

Click here to download the DEM Emergency Preparedness Phone App flyer.

Island County Emergency Alerts

Island County is able to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice mail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences. It is important that we collect this contact information because many households no longer utilize traditional land-based telephone lines.

The system is intended to be used for emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incidents that may have significant impacts to residents. Emergency Alerts could be related to specific hazards that require some kind of action be taken such as evacuation, shelter in place, boil water orders, etc. Non-emergency alerts could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts or significant ongoing police or fire activity. This list is not meant to be all inclusive, and demonstrates that this system will not be used for routine information. In addition to receiving information on your wireless device, you may also receive notification on your land telephone line (if you have one) depending on the type of incident or event.

Click here to sign-up for emergency alerts.


​​​Status of Power Outages

​To see the current electrical outages in your area and the estimated restoration times go to the PSE outage map.



The DEM will be notified of incidents that require our support and resources. ​​

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