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Emergency Preparedness: Public Health and Partners

This information is for public health professionals, their partners in education, healthcare, law enforcement, government and business; and others with a professional interest in emergency preparedness.  

Emergency Communications Toolkit

Fact sheets, sample press releases, talking points, public education materials for a range of emergencies.

Resources for Public Health Emergency Centers

Tips on planning, sign placement and set-up. Camera-ready signs. Translations.

Isolation and Quarantine

Guidelines and forms for implementing isolation and quarantine during disease outbreaks.

Emergency legal authorities

This memorandum from the Washington State Office of the Attorney General explains the emergency powers of local health agencies, Washington State agencies and the Governor.

Emergency Transport

For emergency planners: EMS and auxiliary transportation planning tools that may be available to transport patients and others during an emergency.

Emergency Preparedness Grant Matrix

Some sources of funds to support emergency preparedness activities.

Water System Operator Emergency Information

After-hours hotline, publications, measures to protect water supplies, public notification requirements.



Washington's healthcare incident management system providing tools for statewide healthcare collaboration.

Cross-Border Preparedness

Because emergencies do not respect borders, Washington works closely with partners in other states, Canada and its provinces, and tribal governments to develop relationships and formal agreements that will help us help each other during public health and other emergencies.

PNWBHA: Washington is a member of the the Pacific Northwest Border Health Alliance (PNWBHA). You can find out more about alliance activities on the PNWBHA website.

Emergency Services Agreement: The cross border agreement facilitates sharing of Emergency Medical Service staff and resources between the governments of Washington and British Columbia.