RASKC shares new video highlighting services 

Ever wonder how Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) helps both people and pets? These services will make you feel proud to be part of the community!  Learn more at the Tails from RASKC blog or visit the RASKC website at www.kingcounty.gov/pets. 

County recognized for procuring, distributing face coverings for community 

Crossposted from the DES Express  With King County in Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan, and state requirements about face coverings in effect, the county is distributing 5 million cloth face coverings and 20 million disposable face coverings to residents, workers and businesses. Emergency Management procured the face coverings, and the Executive Department is managing the distribution efforts, working with Chambers of Commerce, King County cities, County Councilmembers, community organizations, churches and faith-based organizations, food banks, senior centers, and other key stakeholders.  “As a business that benefited from the King… Read More

Former Metro drivers take on new role as King County Health Ambassadors to slow the spread of COVID-19 

Crossposted from Cultivating Connections  Fatigue from months of quarantine and welcome summer weather have spurred an alarming rise in COVID-19 infection rates compared to early Spring, making it more difficult than ever to observe public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Taking quick action, King County is launching a new COVID Health Ambassador Program next week to offer community outreach, education and health promotion resources to prevent COVID-19 transmission.  The first ambassadors already know King County: they are former METRO bus drivers redeployed to engage and inform neighborhood and community groups… Read More

Firefighters train in Moses Lake 

By Clint Herman, Sergeant, ARFF Recently the KCIA Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) firefighters participated in a live fire training scenario at Big Bend College in Moses Lake. This type of training is required by the FAA for ARFF personnel to hone our skills in the event of an actual emergency. Moses Lake is the closest and most realistic training prop available to us in the Pacific Northwest. A training prop is a steel mock-up of an airplane with fuel-ignited fires so we can practice putting them out. Here’s a video to give you… Read More

Providing guidance during an unprecedented pandemic 

King County Emergency Management (OEM) is like an orchestra, with a conductor directing the work of many virtuosos. Their work is helping us carefully move forward in Washington’s Safe Start plan, so we can all get back to our favorite tunes. Stand together, six feet apart.  Learn more in the video below and visit the OEM website here. 

Pet of the Week: Peter 

Here’s looking at you, cat! This is Peter, our Pet of the Week. This young shorthair was brought in by an animal control officer in late June. Peter’s personality color is “Rambunctious Red,” meaning he is a spirited cat with a fun-loving personality. He is an independent kitty who likes to do his own thing, and prefers getting attention on his terms. Peter can get overstimulated with petting, so his new family will need to keep an eye out for signs that he might need a break. Because of this, he would do… Read More

King County and partners surpass goal of planting one million trees, achieving a major milestone for climate action one year early 

King County Executive Dow Constantine today thanked the partners, volunteers, and employees who surpassed the goal to plant one million trees throughout the region nearly a year ahead of schedule, achieving a major milestone for the county’s Strategic Climate Action Plan.  Executive Constantine in August will send the King County Council his proposal for the 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan, which will include a 3 Million Trees initiative that will maintain the accelerated pace for tree planting, protect forests and natural areas before they are lost forever, and prepare native forests for the impacts… Read More

August Primary Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 4 

King County Elections (KCE) mailed out ballots to over 1.3 million voters. If you have not received your ballot, you can access and print your ballot online and return it by mail or drop box, as you usually would.  There is a long list of important races on the Primary ballot this year, 52 offices to be exact. Drop your ballot in one of the 69 drop box locations across the county by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4; drop it in the mail to be postmarked by Aug. 4; or visit a Vote Center. 

Video: July 24, 2020 Update on COVID-19 in King County with Dr. Jeff Duchin 

Crossposted from Public Health Inisider  On July 24th, 2020, Dr. Jeff Duchin gave an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in King County as the current seven-day average of new cases reached the highest level since the beginning of April. Dr. Duchin addressed the importance of minimizing the number of close contacts people have outside the house and emphasized the need for making long-term behavior changes.  Read more.    

Airport staff pitch in at Emergency Operations Center during pandemic 

Crossposted from the DES Express  Kevin Nuechterlein, Capital Project Manager, and Matt Sykora, Properties and Business Development Administrator, are both back at the airport after having served as part of the Donations Management Team at King County Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nuechterlein was part of the first small group of employees who, under Senior Emergency Management Program Manager Janice Rahman’s leadership, worked with KCIT in March to develop a web-based platform to match donors with those who needed personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer or other items.  Read more.