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Emergency Management  

Are You Prepared?

In a major disaster, it might be several days before vital services are restored. Are you prepared?

Tukwila is exposed to a wide variety of hazards, both natural and man-made. Earthquakes, fires, severe storms, power outages, and acts of terrorism are just some of the potential emergencies we may encounter.

Imagine that you have no electricity, no gas, no water, and no telephone service. Imagine that all the businesses are closed and you are without any kind of emergency services. What will you do until help arrives? Are you prepared?

You can get prepared by taking three easy steps!

1. Make a Plan!  Your emergency plan should include how you will communicate with loved ones should normal phone communications be disrupted. One way is to designate an out-of-area contact person. Many times local phone access may be disrupted, while long distance calls are more accessible. Make sure everyone in your family has the contact name and number and calls the number to provide a status update following an emergency. Also, if you have children in school, be sure you know what the school's emergency plan is and if you have pets, consider your options for caring for them following an emergency.

2. Make a Kit!  You should have emergency supply kits for home, work, your car and at school. The home supplies will have more items, while the other kits need to have easy-to-carry items. Each kit needs to have water, food, flashlights and extra clothing. See www.makeitthrough.org for a complete list of items.

3. Be Informed!  Make sure you have a battery-powered or hand-crank radio so you can receive important emergency information if the power is out. Also, register your contact information in the City's emergency notification system, CodeRED.

Consider taking a class that offers skills to help you and your neighbors following a disaster. The City offers a FREE class called Community Emergency Response Team or CERT. The class is offered twice per year, typically one in the fall and one in the spring. Contact Emergency Management at 206-971-8742 to find out about the next class date!


Emergency Information Sources

• CodeRED
A rapid dial emergency notification system which will provide important emergency notifications. Register now!

• AM 1640
Provides ongoing information about the city, as well as special information in emergency situations.

•  Twitter - City of Tukwila
The City's Twitter account can be used to send timely messages in emergency situations and to inform citizens of hazards and road closures.

•  Regional Public Information & Notification (RPIN)
Provides breaking news for citizens in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Information from RPIN is "regional"; CodeRED provides City-specific information.


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Contact City of Tukwila Emergency Management

Martin Grisham
Emergency Management Manager
Phone: (206) 971-8740
Email: emergencyprep@tukwilawa.gov


Contact Information:

Tukwila City Hall
6200 Southcenter Blvd.
Tukwila, WA 98188-2544

Phone: 206 433-1800
Fax: 206 433-1833
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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