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What would you do if basic services, such as gas or electricity, were shut off? The Office of Emergency Management is here to help you make a plan. We provide educational materials, training and resources, so you can enjoy peace of mind this and every season.
If you have visited this page during an emergency, the emergencies and extreme weather page offers current information and instructions. You can sign up to receive Alerts regarding city response to a local emergency. You can also connect with the Office of Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.
It's Weather Radio Awareness Month! Do you have one in your home? The benefits of a weather radio are:
- An “all-hazards” warning system, used not only for flood and weather events, but also immediate life-threatening hazards like tsunamis, volcanic activity, AMBER child abduction alerts, and secondary hazards from terrorism and earthquakes
- Has a warning alarm feature, instantly alerting the listener to fast-breaking, potentially life-saving warning messages around the clock
- A key element of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), providing broadcasters and you with immediate emergency warning information direct from the source
- Programmable radios available permitting site and event specific selected warnings
- Has a battery backup in case of power outages
- Broadcasts the latest weather forecasts and conditions 24-hours a day, and operates on special frequencies not found on regular AM/FM bands
Disasters got you down? The Office of Emergency Management is here to help! If you're interested in learning how to build a kit, make a plan and prepare your community, we offer the following programs:
- Getting Your Neighborhood Prepared: It’s never too late to learn your neighbors’ names! If you're at home, your neighbors might be your first line of defense when it comes to surviving the storm. Check in with our office for materials and training on how to get a group of houses or units prepared.
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Basic Training: This 8-week course focuses on disaster survival skills such as search and rescue, fire safety, and disaster psychology. Next course offered Fall of 2015.
- Eastside Amateur Radio Support (EARS) group: Our long-running volunteer group, focused on providing emergency communications to the City of Bellevue, meets every second Thursday of the month. Membership in the group requires an application, interview, background check, and reference check. Having a radio license is highly recommended, but not required.
- Citizen Corps Council: Our newly minted representatives focused on crime prevention and disaster preparedness in Bellevue neighborhoods. Admission to the group is dependent on neighborhood area availability and requires an application, interview, background check, and reference check.
Contact us for information on those programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-452-6935!
Ways to Survive
"Ways to Survive" is an animation featuring Liv & the Survivors, a sasquatch family band, who prepare for and respond to various hazards that can occur in the Pacific Northwest. The video was produced by Beyond Home Productions with a federal Urban Areas Security Initiative grant designated for public education and outreach activities. It has won several awards, including the IAC Award for Best Government Online Video, a silver Telly for best public service announcement video, and the prestigious 2014 IAEM-Global Public Awareness Award!
Emergency Management Program Strategic Plan
This plan is a road map Bellevue's emergency management over the next few years. It aims to strengthen the foundation of the city's emergency management activities by coordinating existing and future activities that protect citizens, property and the environment from the wide range of natural and human-caused hazards that threaten the city. Emergency Management Strategic Plan
When you call 911 today, the operator receives very little information about you – basically just your phone number and your general location. Smart911 allows you to create a free safety profile to provide critical, lifesaving data to 911 in the event of an emergency call. Sign up for Smart911.
Reverse 911 is operated by the North East King County Regional Public Safety Communication Agency (NORCOM). It is built to pull up a selected grouping of phone numbers, call them, and play a prerecorded message giving emergency instructions to whoever receives the message. Most phone numbers are supplied by the phone companies. You can add or remove information from the database at NORCOM.