Emergency Deployment Program now available to support COVID-19 efforts

As King County responds to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and works to slow its spread, there is an urgent need to fill emergency related roles within the county. This is a rapidly evolving event in which staffing needs and work demands are continuously changing. As we strive to keep our workforce, workplace, and community safe, we are providing employees, who have capacity, with opportunities for temporary work redeployment to assist in our COVID-19 response.

Employee safety and well-being is a priority, and employees will be provided training and support to help them succeed in these temporary redeployments.

These positions may not be suited for employees in the following high-risk categories:

  • Employees 60 years and older
  • Employees with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • Employees with weakened immune systems
  • Employees who are currently pregnant

Types of deployments available:

Redeployment opportunities with more detailed information will be posted on the Emergency Deployment website. The goal is to place as many employees as possible in these positions. The most urgent needs for emergency staffing include:

Emergency Site Worker I

  • Clean, stock and sanitize rooms including tables, chairs, toilets, showers, sinks and walls.
  • Make beds with clean supplies.
  • Request and stock various types of supplies, mix and use cleaning solutions and chemicals.
  • Set up and arrange furniture.
  • Sweep and clean facility perimeter.

Emergency Site Worker II

  • Monitor facility activity and share issues with supervisor.
  • Provide food/water for people who cannot get out of bed.
  • Notify medical staff if there is an emergency.
  • Collect and record measurements/vital signs such as body temperatures.

Emergency Site Worker III

  • Organize, oversee, establish and maintain data sources that may include contracts, budgets, payroll, legal documents and/or other records.
  • Research and summarize specialized or technical information from varied sources.
  • Compose, draft, summarize, prepare, proofread and/or edit documents.
  • Schedule meetings and maintain calendars for supervisor and/or organizational unit/program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Emergency Site Worker IV

  • Plan, organize, schedule and coordinate work activities
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to staff
  • Monitor budget expenditures and authorize purchases
  • Recommend changes to procedures and guidelines affecting the facility

The full list of deployments will be updated on the Emergency Deployment website.

Pay during the deployment:

Employees will continue to be paid at their current rate of pay, and employees will not receive a reduction in pay for the emergency redeployment. Employees with a base pay rate of less than step 1 of the posted position will be paid at step 1 or 5% over their base pay rate, whichever is greater. Employees with a base pay rate greater than step 1 of the posted position will keep their current base pay rate.  FLSA-employees that are placed in non-exempt (hourly) deployments of one week (or when non-exempt duties are the majority of hours in the workweek)  or longer will be paid on an hourly basis during the deployment; Such employees will receive their base hourly rate of pay and will be eligible for overtime for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

Employees who are represented by a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), will continue to be represented by their respective CBA during the temporary deployment.

How to apply:

If you are an employee who is interested in assisting with one of these roles and believe you have capacity to help, please follow these instructions:

  1. Obtain approval from your supervisor to volunteer for this redeployment
  2. Understand emergency deployments are for a minimum of one week in duration and may be at a location that is a COVID response site, and
  3. Once approved, please fill out the Employee Questionnaire (hyperlink to the document) and email it to EmergencyStaffing@kingcounty.gov. Please Cc your supervisor on the email.

Requesting employees for emergency deployment

King County departments requesting employees for emergency deployment should either enter a request into WebEOC, or email the request to RCECC.Logs@kingcounty.gov, and include the Emergency Deployment request form.