Emergency Management

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The City of Yelm is actively involved in preparation and training involving natural and/or man-made disasters. Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil serves as the Emergency Management Director for the City of Yelm and conducts monthly meetings with the City of Yelm Emergency Management Board. The board members consist of the City Administrator, City Mayor, Public Works Director, Building Official and the SE Thurston Fire Chief. The Police Department has information readily available for citizens and businesses on what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency. The City of Yelm Emergency Management Board works in conjunction with Thurston County Emergency Management and Washington State Emergency Management.

Committed to the safety and well being of our citizens, the City of Yelm continues to evaluate and improve services of importance, particularly in times of great need. The wind and snow storms as well as power outages of winters past found some citizens more prepared, or able to deal with the situation than others. As you are aware, there are many types of situations that can occur in the northwest that result in extended power outages, such as storms of various types and earthquakes. Other types of emergencies are also a possibility and the Emergency Management Board has a plan to address a range of situations that put our citizens at risk.

Vulnerable Citizens

The City of Yelm’s Emergency Management Board is working with the community to identify those who may need extra help in times of emergencies. You may have health issues or a living situation that puts you at risk or makes you vulnerable in the event of an emergency. Your consent to be added to a Vulnerable Citizens List means that Yelm officials will attempt to contact you prior to and/or during times of extreme emergency. The only limitation is that you must reside within the city limits of Yelm. If you know someone that could benefit from being on the list you can complete the required information on the Vulnerable Citizens’ Form and drop off at the Yelm Police Department.

What to Do to Make it Through

Catastrophes can happen at any time. Preparing for three days will help you make it through many situations you'll face in the Puget Sound region. However, to make it through a major catastrophe - like Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake and tsunami in Japan - you'll need to be prepared for longer - at least 7 to 10 days. Learn more about "What to Do to Make it Through".

Quake Smart Took Kit

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently produced a QuakeSmart Toolkit for businesses. The kit provides guidance on things you can do to help mitigate the damage an earthquake can do to your personnel, property, and to help lessen any financial losses that might be incurred. For more information and to access the QuakeSmart Earthquake Mitigation Toolkit for Businesses

Check Out the EMD Kidz Disaster Web Site

The Washington State Emergency Management Division has a KIDZ Disaster web site which offers puzzles, games and other interesting educational information. Check it out!

Are You Ready?

The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security has a citizen preparedness website called Ready.gov that includes a variety of disaster preparedness information.





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