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

August 15, 2017

Planning for Special Needs of Vulnerable Populations During Disasters

Nearly 100 people from across the county and state attended a seminar presented by the JCDEM to address the needs of vulnerable populations during all phases of emergency operations – planning and preparation, response and recovery. Washington State law (RCW) now requires caregiver service providers to design specific plans, in cooperation with local emergency management and community advocacy groups, to safeguard...


August 10, 2017

Exercise Demonstrates Seaplanes Ability to Provide Critical Services in a Disaster

Area emergency responders and the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (JCDEM) joined the United States Navy, a Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) and organized neighborhood groups in an exercise on and around Naval Magazine Indian Island on August 9. The exercise simulated the aftermath of a large earthquake...


August 9, 2017

FEMA is ready for National Preparedness Month. Are you?

This September, National Preparedness Month will focus on planning, with an overarching theme "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."

National Preparedness Month graphic displays the typography and icons of a 1st Aid Kit, radio, flashlight, battery and a piggy bank

The goal this year is increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses, school and places of worship.



August 1, 2017

How supplies would get to shore in a disaster
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View how the navy and national guard have prepared to help coastal communities in a disaster.

Lynn Sterbenz, the Director of the Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management, was one of 25 emergency managers invited to a close up observation of a military exercise to demonstrate its ability to respond to coastal counties in the event of a Cascadia Subduction earthquake and tsunami. During the exercise Sterbenz flew in a CH-47 chinook helicopter from Fort Lewis to Grays Harbor where she watched as the USS Anchorage and its crew transported supplies and heavy equipment using landing craft from the ship to shore.

Sterbenz and the group then re-boarded the helicopter and toured the USS Anchorage, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock that can carry up to 800 marines, vehicles and supplies.



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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.


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