Emergency Preparedness


Disease outbreaks, natural disasters likes floods and severe storms, and other emergencies that may pose a health risk to the community. Specific to eastern Washington, wildfires also pose a risk to public health. Learn more about precautions individuals and families can take to prepare for wildfire season.


We work with other public health staff, healthcare providers and community agencies to respond effectively to public health emergencies in and around Spokane County.

Region 9 Healthcare Coalition
We serve as an emergency preparedness and response resource for eastern Washington (Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens & Whitman counties). The coalition consists of hospitals, medical providers and specialty services – all working together to make our health care system more resilient during an emergency.

The Medical Reserve Corps
We recruit volunteers to help in times of disaster. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) exists in thousands of communities nationwide to respond to emergencies and build resiliency. The Eastern Washington chapter of MRC is recruiting, registering and training medical and non-medical volunteers.



Learn what types of hazards are specific to our area

Information on a wide variety of emergency topics

Preparedness: It’s easy. It’s inexpensive. You’ll never  regret it.

More great resources:

Make a plan—how will you communicate during an emergency?
Be Prepared for Emergencies Tip Sheet (pdf)

Stock food water and other supplies enough for 3 to 7 days.

Sign up
for Spokane County’s emergency warning system.
Health information line:
(509) 323-2847

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SRHD on Twitter

SRHD on YouTube




Do1Thing: August - Get Involved

Make Your Community Stronger by Getting Trained and Getting Involved
It takes more than police, fire and EMS to respond to a disaster. It takes people who are committed to neighborhoods, churches, schools and volunteer organizations. When people are willing to work together for the good of others, communities are stronger. People who are involved are the key to a disaster resilient community. They are willing and able to look out for themselves and others. A resilient community is one that can withstand a disaster and get back to normal quickly (even if normal isn't the same as it was before).
Remember, community preparedness starts at home. If you know that your family is prepared at home, you will be better able to help others in your community.
Do1Thing Each Month: 12 Month Preparedness Plan

 Do1Thing - Small steps toward being prepared for an emergency