Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management

Office Hours

8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays

(360) 385-9368
Fax: (360) 385-9376
81 Elkins Road
Port Hadlock, WA  98339

Urgent (after hours)
(360) 344-9779
Request contact with Duty Officer via JeffCom. (Expect call back from DEM Duty Officer within 10 minutes or less.)

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News & Events

June 28, 2017

In The News...

Peninsula Daily News Periodical North Olympic Peninsula pilots at work on earthquake aid plan

A team of North Olympic Peninsula pilots plan to take to the skies when a catastrophic 9.0 earthquake rocks Western Washington.

Researchers have said it’s not a question of if but when a quake of at least 9.0 magnitude will strike in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault that stretches from... Read full article at the Peninsula Daily News


June 8, 2017

Register Now!

August 14, 2017 graphic Planning for the Special Needs of Vulnerable Populations During Disasters

August 14, 2017 – 8:30 am-12:30 pm – Fort Worden Commons

The Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management is presenting a panel of experts to help organizations who serve vulnerable populations understand the challenges, state laws, and lessons learned from those who have lived through catastrophic events.

Who should attend:

Long-term care facilities, group homes, visiting nurses associations, community health centers, nonprofits, social service agencies, emergency management, first responders, public safety, public health, health-care communities and anyone else with an interest in learning more about this issue.

Registration is required

Register by email with Deb Reithmer or call (360) 344-9728. She will need your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address.

Download the flyer for more information:

June 7, 2017

FEMA reports Lessons Learned From Cascadia Rising

FEMA LogoEmergency Managers Announce Improvements After Cascadia Rising Exercise

A press release from FEMA recognizes the valuable lessons learned from the 2016 excercise that we participated in. Read more at the FEMA website

June 6, 2017

Latest Fire and Heat Season Weather Outlook

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A 14-min briefing on the latest fire and heat season outlook for the area from Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service - Seattle/Tacoma. Watch it here.

May 23, 2017

Jefferson County HAM Radio Technician Class Scheduled
July 15-16, 2017 graphic Ever wanted to be a HAM radio operator? Have you held back because you thought it was an expensive, involved process and didn't know where to begin?

  • For as little as $34 dollars you can purchase a HAM radio.
  • The course is free and with only a $15 fee for the test materials.
  • The training is not difficult. For instance, morse code is no longer required. And, we can teach all you need to know to get on the air in 2 days.

Classes will be held at the Clallam County Sheriff’s Detachment ("Beaver Sheriff Station" at 196281 US101 about 5 miles north of Forks) the weekend of July 15 & 16 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

HAM Technician books, typically $25 each, will be free of charge to pre-registered students, compliments of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management.

Instructors will stay after class to answer questions or even demonstrate amateur radio to anyone interested. NOTE: This class is a Technician license course, which will get you on the air in your local community, and possibly in your local region. Attend a future General class license course, if you choose, to enable you to communicate with people around the world. Those who already have their Technician License and want to take the General License exam can test on Sunday afternoon as well. Testing will begin 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

Register by email with Lynn Sterbenz or call (360) 344-9729. She will need your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address. Pay the testing fee at the time of the exam.


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