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Archive for 'Emergency preparedness'

Updating the fire code to better support our innovative life sciences sector

Over the past year the mayor’s office, Seattle Fire Department, Department of Planning and Development and the Office of Economic Development have been working with leaders in the life sciences sector to determine how the City can better support the needs of this rapidly growing industry. In our conversations with them, we heard that changes […]


City to provide free drop-in activities at community centers for some Seattle public school students in event of school strike

The City of Seattle today announced it will open and staff drop-in activities at 20 designated community centers for Seattle Public Schools students on free and reduced lunch from Kindergarten to 8th Grade if a strike delays the opening of Seattle Public Schools. The free program will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning […]


Cooling services available during heat wave

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle and surrounding communities until 11 p.m. Monday evening. In response, the City of Seattle is offering services and information to help members of the public deal with the heat wave. “Hot weather isn’t frequent in Seattle, so it’s important that we make sure […]


Mayor to commission study on local economic impacts of proposed coal train operations in Seattle

Mayor McGinn today announced that the City of Seattle will soon commission a study on the local economic impacts resulting from 18 coal trains passing through Seattle each day. McGinn has previously detailed some of the local traffic and safety impacts that would result from the coal train proposal. “Seattle’s economy is growing at a […]


Mayor outlines Seattle’s winter storm preparedness efforts

Mayor Mike McGinn today encouraged residents to begin making annual preparations for the possibility of winter weather-related emergencies and updated the public on how the City is preparing for winter storms. McGinn described online tools available to the public to help them track storms and their impact on City services. He also described efforts the […]


Kicking off Safe Communities

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first Safe Communities large group meeting yesterday in the Southwest Precinct. We had a great conversation about what we can do collectively as a community to make Seattle safer. To get involved, sign up at, and be sure to join us when we hold a […]


Preparing for the next big quake

As a city located in a seismic fault zone, we are always preparing for the next big rumble here in Seattle. Our City plan for coordinating the response to a disaster, the Seattle Disaster Readiness and Response Plan, has long included earthquake planning, but since the likelihood of Seattle experiencing a seismic event is relatively […]


Seattle continues response to winter storm

With temperatures below freezing and more winter weather in the forecast, Mayor Mike McGinn activated Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) this morning. The EOC will remain open as needed to monitor weather conditions and provide support and coordination with city departments. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has 18 trucks out to keep major arterial […]


City and County work together to prepare for emergencies

Last week the City entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with King County and other local governments that lays out a framework for inter-agency collaboration during an emergency. The MOU will help us make sure people know exactly what to do to remain safe in an emergency, with no mixed messages. The agreement will […]


Winter is coming, Seattle is preparing

With winter storm plans readied, salt stockpiled and equipment prepped, Mayor Mike McGinn today announced the City of Seattle is preparing for another season of La Nina winter weather. Today we unveiled the City’s new Winter Weather Response webpage, which allows residents to track where plows have been and check current street conditions. The Seattle […]