Emergency Preparedness

In the event of an emergency that affects the health of the community, the Snohomish County Health Department is responsible for:

  • Coordination of public health and medical services within the county during a disaster response
  • Identifying ways to reduce risks to the community's health
  • Providing disease investigation and surveillance
  • Providing health information and updates to the community through our website, social media and news outlets
  • Working with local, state and federal partners during response efforts

In a major disaster, we work with the county Department of Emergency Management as the lead agency on all these items, known collectively as "Emergency Support Function 8."

Past Emergency Response Efforts

Snohomish County Health Department has used our emergency plans and resources to respond to both public health emergencies and community disasters. Past emergency responses include:

  • Monkey Pox Outbreak 2022-2023
  • COVID-19 pandemic 2020 - 2022
  • Bolt Creek Fire 2021
  • Extreme weather events include winter weather, flooding, and extreme heat
  • H1N1 pandemic flu in 2009
  • SR530 mudslide and flooding event

Your Role in Preparing for Disaster

The Health Department strongly encourages everyone in the community to prepare at home, work, and school. One of the best things that you can do is to create your own emergency plan and create an emergency kit. You should have a kit at home, a kit at work, and a kit at your child’s school and/or childcare agency if possible. 

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers

The Snohomish County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a volunteer organization that will actively assist the community with its health-related care during crisis, emergency, and disasters.  Anyone in Snohomish County can become a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer; you do not need to have a medical background.