Know Your Hazards
Pierce County is a beautiful area defined by Mount Rainier, the Puget Sound, flowing rivers, and magnificent bridges. Our geological history created this region from the Earth shifting over millions of years. Natural and human-caused disasters have occurred in Pierce County's history. We know they will happen again in the future.
We have identified hazards that are the greatest risk to our residents and infrastructure. The County is working to understand the history, frequency, and impacts of these hazards. This will allow local officials to help communities prepare for and recover from the damage these disasters cause.
We are asking residents to know their hazards, their risks, and evaluate their readiness.
Hazards in Pierce County
Preparedness is the foundation for building resilient communities. While Pierce County Emergency Management focuses on preparing our whole community for disasters, you also have a role to play in emergency preparedness. By planning ahead, you can increase your ability to survive and thrive in the face of disaster, everything from an earthquake to a major winter storm.
Preparedness Planning by Local Government
Pierce County Emergency Management is working to prepare for the identified hazards listed above. We plan with other government entities, non-profits, first responder agencies, and other organizations involved in preparedness efforts.
The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) outlines roles and responsibilities to aid in the response coordination. The plan reviews processes and brings together key organizations/partners who provide critical services in all phases of emergency management to assess our capability to respond.
Planning is a way to improve service to communities by identifying gaps, building partnerships, and gaining clarity on the integration of private, non-profit, and volunteer groups with government.
A Hazard Mitigation Plan is a product developed by jurisdictions with the goal of reducing risk to loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. These plans consist of seven sections: Process, Profile, Capabilities, Risk Assessment, Mitigation Strategies, Infrastructure, and Plan Maintenance. We also utilize resources from our partners in our planning efforts, such as the 2017 Risk Report that FEMA developed for Pierce County.
For more information: Pierce County Emergency Management - Plans