Emergency Management Volunteers
Major local emergencies can overwhelm the capability of first responders, especially during the first 72 hours. Having residents who are prepared to take care of themselves, their families, and others during times of crisis will allow first-responders to focus their efforts on the most critical, life threatening situations.
An organized, well trained Emergency Management Unit means that volunteers can effectively respond to an emergency, are familiar with their community’s response plan, know what materials are available for use, know who their partners in response are, and know where their skills can be utilized to their best advantage.
To be a registered volunteer emergency worker, you must:
Please note, when people register with TCEM, they are also considered to be emergency workers with the State of Washington WAC 118-04 This gives volunteers certain coverage when volunteering with TCEM. Training and missions are typically within Thurston County, though these could be in other areas.
What Happens Next?
Each emergency worker is an integral part of emergency preparedness for Thurston County. No matter what you volunteered to do at first, we may ask for your help in the event of a major emergency or disaster. Your availability and qualifications determine how or when we request your help. Thank you in advance.