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.
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 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 sign-up for emergency alerts.
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.
1 NE 6th StreetCoupeville, WA 98239EOC:855 East Whidbey Ave.Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone Numbers:Office: (360) 679-7370Fax: (360) 679-7376Camano: (360) 629-4523 x7370S. Whidbey: (360) 321-5111 x7370
Mailing Address:PO BOX 5000Coupeville, WA 98239-5000