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Skamania County, Washington

Located in southwestern Washington, Skamania County extends from the northern bluffs of the Columbia River Gorge, through the forested ridges and ravines of the Cascade Mountains, north beyond Mount St. Helens, and east to the flanks of Mt. Adams.

The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) prepares for, coordinates response, logistical support, mitigation and recovery for all natural and man-made emergencies and disasters.

The term emergency means a set of circumstances which demand immediate action to protect life, preserve public health or essential services, or protect property. Disaster means the situation in beyond the capabilities of the responding jurisdictions or organizations.

April '05 - Amtrak derails east of Stevenson, fortunately there were only a few minor injuries - this time. Such incidents clearly illustrates the potential for disasters; and the importance of being prepared.

Photo from White Salmon Enterprise

There are four identified phases to Emergency Management: Preparedness, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. We are always engaged in at least one of these phases; it is a continuing cycle...

“It is not a question of if, but when.”

Local Emergency Management Programs are covered under WAC 118-30 and RCW 38.52 laws.

Emergency management is defined as "a process to reduce loss of life and property and to protect assets from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery."

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Below is information that will assist in preparing you and your family for upcoming weather events.  It has links to the State's website which has additional information and flyers (in alternate languages) that will assist you in emergency preparedness - http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_campaign.shtml.

Four Stages of Preparedness Denial

#1 is, it won't happen.
#2 is, if it does happen, it won't happen to me.
#3: if it does happen to me, it won't be that bad. And
#4: if it happens to me and it's bad, there's nothing I can do to stop it anyway.

Eric Holdeman, Director of King County Emergency Management
recently used the above in TIME Magazine's "Why We Don't Prepare"

Pandemic Flu
There is a great deal of information "out there" about Pandemic Flu. Some sources are more reliable than others - this website is a good source.

Local Pandemic Flu Planning


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Skamania County Emergency Management

PO Box 790 - 200 Vancouver Ave. - Stevenson, WA 98648
509/427-8076 - Fax: 509/427-7555

Sheriff Dave Brown, DEM Director | John Carlson, DEM Coordinator