Be prepared for possible wintry weather

Dear employee, Cold, wintry weather is forecast for this week, with freezing rain and snow possible at higher elevations. While the potential for impacts to business operations are low, please dress warmly and be prepared for possible delays to your commute. Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of inclement weather: Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!). Check your King County email for specific directives and updates. Log on at owa.kingcounty.gov/. Contact your supervisor for instructions. Follow King County on… Read More

Knowing your role during winter weather and emergencies

As we approach winter, this is a great time to ensure you are well-prepared for an emergency or inclement weather at home or work. There are many online resources that you can use to make sure you and your family have what you need to Make it Through an emergency – from an extended power outage to a more severe event. We strongly encourage you to take personal preparedness seriously. As a county government, we are also reviewing our internal emergency preparedness procedures and Continuity of Operations Plans. In case of a significant… Read More

Be prepared for an earthquake

This morning’s magnitude 4.6 earthquake near Monroe, Wash., is a good reminder that we need to be prepared for an earthquake in our region. Our goal is to ensure the safety of our employees and continue to provide as many County services as possible in an emergency. Here are some general tips on earthquake preparedness at home and at work: Before an earthquake Predetermine safe places in your home where you could DROP, COVER, and HOLD, during an earthquake. This could include under a sturdy desk or table. At work, make sure… Read More

“Snow” getting around it: this storm is one for the record books 

Crossposted from King County Emergency News According to Seattle Weather Blog, humans had not yet walked on the Moon the last time our area saw so much snow in one month. So far, 20.2 inches of snow has fallen at Sea-Tac Airport, making it the snowiest February on record there. February 2019 will definitely go down as one of the top ten snowiest months ever in our region – where it ultimately ends up on the list depends on how the next 16 days shake out. Read more from King County Emergency News

Most County operations returning to normal Wednesday

Thank you to our awesome employees for your service during these difficult winter weather conditions. Your commitment to public service is clear to see and greatly appreciated. For Wednesday, Feb. 13, most King County operations will open as normally scheduled: Most Executive branch operations will open as regularly scheduled. King County Council will operate on regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Department of Elections will operate on regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Renton Headquarters and annex in Seattle. Department of Assessments will open on regular hours. District Court will… Read More

Planning for evening commute today and operations tomorrow

As we continue to dig out of this winter storm, we want to take a moment to thank all of our employees who are working onsite or teleworking to ensure our customers can access the services on which they rely. It has been challenging for our entire community and we appreciate your service. If you are commuting home this evening, please be extra safe on the roads and let safety guide your commute decisions. King County Metro Transit remains on Emergency Snow Network this evening, with severely limited or no service in some areas… Read More

UPDATE: District Court, most Superior Court and PAO operations closed today, normal operations for most Executive branch operations, other agencies on delayed opening

District Court will close today except for essential staff for in-custody calendars. Superior Court will close with the exception of both Chief Criminal courts (10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Juvenile Court first appearance calendar (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.). Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is closed with the exception of certain calendars. Department of Assessments and King County Council will open on a two-hour delay. Elections will operate with Critical Crew In-Person, Online Support & Ballot Box Closing. Most Executive branch operations will open as normally scheduled today to ensure that customers can access as many of our services… Read More

Superior Court, District Court, Elections, Assessments, PAO, Council closed, most Executive branch operations open Monday, Feb. 11

Most Executive branch operations will open as normally scheduled Monday, Feb. 11, to ensure that customers can access as many of our services as possible during this protracted winter snow event. Unless otherwise directed by department leadership, employees are expected to report to work as scheduled. If you are able to safely commute to your worksite or have an agreement in place to telecommute or work at an alternative location, please do so. District Court, Superior Court, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, King County Council, the Department of Assessments, and the Department of Judicial Administration are closed today. Elections… Read More

Non-mission critical King County functions for Executive branch closing 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8

Due to heavy snow in the forecast, non-mission critical functions for the Executive branch will close at 2 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 8. Please be extra safe in your commute and check for any impacts or delays before leaving. Priority and mission-critical services will continue to be provided in accordance with department emergency planning. First responders and other mission critical staff are expected to report to or remain at their work location at the usual time. This includes, but is not limited to, corrections officers, 9-1-1 call center operators, emergency personnel, security staff,… Read More

Be prepared for possible snow Friday afternoon, impacts to evening commute

Another winter storm is heading our way tomorrow, and will likely bring more snow and ice to the region, particularly Friday afternoon and evening. If the roads are snowy and icy, expect delays to your commute and be prepared for very cold weather. Please have a commute plan with several fall back options, dress warmly, and as always, let safety guide your commute decisions. If you haven’t already, talk to your supervisor about your role in an emergency, and know how to contact them. Metro buses may have to move to snow… Read More