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Behind the Scenes: Preparing for a Citywide Emergency

Thursday, March 8

7:45 a.m.
Coffee and Donuts

8 a.m.

8:15 a.m.
Panel Discussion

8:45-9 a.m.

Seattle Office of Emergency Management
105 Fifth Ave. S. Suite 300



On March 8, a limited number of members gained special access to the City’s Emergency Operations Center. Whether it’s planning for severe weather, an earthquake or a large-scale event, the EOC works to make our community more resilient and helps prepare for disasters and emergencies. The City’s Navigation Team, which connects homeless people with service providers and conducts outreach to encampments, also operates out of this building.

The event included a short tour through the new EOC headquarters in Pioneer Square, followed by brief talks led by EOC department and Navigation Team leads. Attendees were offered an overview of the EOC’s role, function and programs and got a chance to ask questions.



  • Kenneth D. Neafcy
    Operations Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management, City of Seattle
  • August Drake-Ericson
    Encampment Response Team Program Manager, City of Seattle
  • Debbie Goetz
    Community Planning Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management, City of Seattle
  • Jackie St. Louis
    Navigation Team Coordinator, City of Seattle


For those who are driving, there are two paid lots in the immediate area: one on the northeast corner of 5th Ave. S. and S. Washington St., and the other on the southwest corner of 5th Ave. S. and S. Washington St.

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