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Pierce County Emergency Management

It is the mission of the Department of Emergency Management to create sustainable communities and enhance public safety by empowering all who work, govern, live in and visit Pierce County to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of hazards, emergencies and disasters.

Functional Assesment Service Teams (FAST)

​People with access and functional needs can (and must) be accommodated in general population emergency shelters when given the proper support. Meeting the needs of people with access and functional needs requires proper planning pre-incident and proper coordination during the incident. Functional Assessment Service Teams (FASTs) will help assess people with access and functional needs and assist them by getting what they need to stay in a shelter.

FEMA Home Page

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Pierce County Prepare in a Year

Preparedness is the foundation for building resilient communities. While Pierce County Emergency Management focuses on preparing our whole community for disasters, you also have a role to play in emergency preparedness. By planning ahead, you can increase your ability to survive and thrive in the face of disaster, everything from an earthquake to a major winter storm.

Washington State Emergency Preparedness Guide For Disasters

Disasters happen, are you ready? For area specific disaster information contact: Your local Emergency Management Office.

Washington State Emergency Management

National Citizen Corps

The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

Washington State Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps educates, enables, and empowers communities to become better prepared for emergencies and disasters of all types through service, volunteerism, education, and training. With five programs under the Citizen Corps umbrella, there are countless ways for individuals to become involved and engaged in making our communities and families safer.

Citizen Corps Manual

In the face of adversity caused by natural and man-made disasters, Americans act with courage, compassion, and unity. Citizen Corps is the grassroots movement that taps this collaborative spirit by

engaging government and the whole community at the local level to strengthen individual, organizational, and community preparedness before tragedy strikes.

Washington State Prepare in a Year

This Prepare in a Year book will help walk you through 12 important steps for disaster preparedness. It’s as simple as completing one activity a month. By the end of 12 months, you’ll be much better prepared! Think of disaster preparedness not as a checkbox, something to do once and never again, but rather a continual process of learning, restocking supplies, and encouraging others to be prepared. This book is your first step. Questions? Contact


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