Preparedness & Planning

On this page, you will find information pertaining to any current or developing emergency situation.

Information directly related to public safety including earthquakes, tsunamis, blocked roadways, or other hazardous conditions that could impact public safety and area traffic will be sent out via Nixle. You can receive public safety messages from the Department of Emergency Management via Nixle by texting jeffcodem to 888777.


"Think, Plan, Do! Repeat" is a comprehensive guide for disaster preparedness created by the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management. Click on the link below to view this document:

Think, Plan, Do

Everyone needs to be prepared to be on their own at home for 30 days.

Click on the following links to download brochures we have created to help you get set up:

Food, Water, and Grab & Go Kit  

Sanitation: Twin Bucket Septic System

Households with members who are elderly, disabled, medically fragile or have functional needs require additional planning and coordination. Click here for a list of PDF files with information to assist you in preparing.

Local logo and link to website Opens in new windowNeighborhood Preparedness (NPREP)

Click here to learn if you live in an NPREP trained neighborhood or start a new one with NPREP’s help.

Amateur Radio Emergency Services

Consider getting a HAM radio license and joining the Jefferson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) and the Volunteer Emergency Communications Group (VECOM). Radios are small and affordable.

Jefferson County Regional Emergency Preparedness Network (JPREP)

JPREP is a network of representatives from county entities, emergency responders and community volunteers who work together to prepare for emergencies or disasters. Quarterly meetings, exercises and other efforts are coordinated to communicate, plan and practice readiness for different types of emergencies. 

Business Continuity of Operations Plan

It is vital that businesses should prepare for disasters. Recovery is dependent on a resilient economy. View a video prepared by FEMA to help business owners begin the process of planning for a disaster. Click here for Continuity of Operations templates from FEMA.

Emergencies to Consider

Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management considers and plans for all forms of natural and man-made disasters that may impact the community. Every household should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 30 days in case of any emergency—food, water, heat and your regular medication are all critical things to have. Tools and references to help you prepare for events are outlined in the links below.

Severe Weather

Powerful windstorms, winter snowstorms, flooding and landslides are possible any time of year in the upper peninsula. Access to our community from outlying areas may be limited to a few roadways and waterways. 


Tsunamis are a series of waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption or meteorite. Our community is susceptible to the damage and destruction of tsunamis and preparation for an event is critical. Click here to learn more. 


The Pacific Northwest is a geologically active area. Washington is second only to California in the frequency of earthquakes. Each household needs to prepare before an event occurs and know what action to take during and after an earthquake.Click here to learn more.

Power Outages

Even a brief period without power can cause distressing circumstances. In the event of a power outage these straight forward, simple efforts may help you to be ready and less affected. Click here to learn more.


Being on the edge of Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest systems does make us potentially vulnerable to wildfires. Click here to learn more.


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