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Chief of Emergency Management: Bob Dolhanyk


Skagit County is dedicated to involving the public directly in the review and updates of the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The public will continue to be updated on progress made through the county’s website and annual progress reports. Comments regarding the plan may be submitted to DEM by emailing comments to: DEM@co.skagit.wa.us.

The hazard mitigation plan identifies resources, information, and strategies for reducing risk from natural hazards. Elements and strategies in the plan were selected because they meet a program requirement and because they best meet the needs of the planning partners and their citizens. One of the benefits of multi-jurisdictional planning is the ability to pool resources and eliminate redundant activities within a planning area that has uniform risk exposure and vulnerabilities.

Part 1 is the Base Document and Part 2 is the annexes that contain the specific partner to this plans information, such as municipalities, tribes, and special taxing districts.




Training & Exercise Calendar



Webinar Recordings:
NOAA Weather Spotter Training 10/13/2022
Flood Preparedness 10/13/2021
Tsunami Webinar 12/3/2020
Tsunami Webinar 6/3/2021

LEPC Meetings
2nd Quarter LEPC Meeting 4/12/23
1st Quarter LEPC Meeting

2nd Quarter LEPC Meeting 4/14/21
3rd Quarter LEPC Meeting 7/4/21
4th Quarter LEPC Meeting 10/13/21

Helpful Info for
Fall/Winter Storms


Has your property sustained damage from disaster or a force of nature resulting in financial loss?

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Be prepared for the next emergency

Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2911 E. College Way, Suite B
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 416-1850
email: dem@co.skagit.wa.us

River Level Hotline:
(360) 416-1404

Emergency: 911

Emergency Information Posters

Emergency Management seeks your feedback on new Emergency Information posters. Posters are listed below as well as links for your feedback. This information will help the educate the public on different emergency situations and plans.


Receive Emergency Alerts

Register here to receive emergency alerts and notifications in your area through the CodeRed Emergency Notification System.  This system is a great way to receive local, timely and critical information when it matters most.

It should be noted that not all notifications you may receive via CodeRed originate from the County’s Department of Emergency Management, so the County cannot be held accountable for the content or accuracy of all messages. 

This notification system, in conjunction with on-line resources such as Skagit County's Facebook page, Twitter feed, the Skagit County website and local media outlets, will be the best way to stay informed during hazard and emergency situations. You can chose to be notified on your home or cell phone, text messaging or email.

Tsunami Evacuation Walk Time Maps Published


The Washington Geological Survey (WGS) has published tsunami evacuation walk time maps for the City of  Anacortes and the Samish/Bow/Edison areas of unincorporated Skagit County. The maps show the amount of time it would take to evacuate from within the modeled inundation zone of a Cascadia-sourced subduction zone earthquake. The maps show the extent of the tsunami inundation zone and the paths of tsunami evacuation routes. Colors indicate how many minutes it would take to get to safety from any given location within the inundation zone.

The walk time maps can be downloaded using the following link:

The maps are also available through an interactive map on the WGS website.

The interactive map also provides access to tsunami evacuation brochures for areas that do not have walk time maps yet.

Catastrophes can happen at any time. Preparing for three days will help you make it through many of the disasters you’ll face in the Puget Sound region—including major storms and even small earthquakes.
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.
Local agencies across Puget Sound are teaming up to share information and encourage residents to prepare for catastrophic events with a regional campaign, What to do to make it through.


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Mission Statement:

To provide the emergency organization and coordination of resources to minimize loss of life and to protect property and the environment in the event of natural, human-caused, or technological emergencies or disasters affecting Skagit County.

The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) provides emergency management services to Anacortes, Burlington, Concrete, Hamilton, La Conner, Lyman, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley and the unincorporated areas of Skagit County.

Bob Dolhanyk
Chief of Emergency Management

Charles Fleming
Emergency Management Coordinator

Hans Kahl
Emergency Management Coordinator

Joan Cromley

Lindsey Juen
Emergency Management Volunteer Programs Coordinator