UPDATE: All non-mission critical King County functions closed today

Due to updated weather forecasting and safety concerns resulting from today’s winter storm, King County operations will not be open today Monday, February 4, 2019 except for essential and mission-critical functions. First responders and other mission critical staff are expected to report to 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, and certain senior managers. If you are not sure of your designation, please contact your supervisor. Priority and mission-critical services will continue to be provided… Read More

Winter weather could impact Monday morning commute

Cold, wintry weather is forecast for this weekend, with the potential for snow Sunday night into Monday, so please be prepared for possible delays to your Monday morning commute and potential impacts to business operations. Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of snow: 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 outlook.kingcounty.gov. Contact your supervisor for instructions. Follow King County on Twitter—@KingCountyWA, @kcmetrobus, @kcroads, and @kcemployees Check your… Read More

Prepare for winter weather conditions before a storm hits

It’s that time of year again. Fall and winter months typically bring a variety of weather conditions to our region – flooding, freezing temperatures, high winds, snow and ice – that can impact your home, commute, and workplace with little notice. King County Emergency Management urges everyone to take time now to get ready and stay informed. Take action now Your safety, and that of your family, is a top priority. Taking a few steps now to plan ahead will give you peace of mind and help you make good decisions in… Read More

Employee emergency notification system – free to sign up!

Imagine it’s a nice day and you’ve decided to eat or take a walk outside during your lunch break. During that time, and unbeknownst to you, your building goes into security lock down. If you are registered to receive employee alerts, you’ll be notified on your personal mobile device by text, email, and/or voice message with safety instructions.  KC Inform is a free County employee notification system that sends important information to you, wherever you are. Registration is easy. Email kcinform@kingcounty.gov or call 206-296-3830 to request a customized link to build your personal… Read More

Two emergency notification systems to keep you safe 

On Saturday, January 13, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent a false Wireless Emergency Alert by mistake, causing widespread panic among island residents, and bringing into question safeguards for issuing public emergency notifications. Early reports suggest human error was to blame. While King County and jurisdictions across our region administer similar public alert systems, we have safeguards in place to prevent this type of misstep. Strict procedures are in place and ongoing training is required of those authorized to issue emergency alerts. We will also look closely at Hawaii’s processes to see what else… Read More

Are you prepared for holiday snow flurries? 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  Snow can catch us off guard, especially if we have health needs. When snow closes roads, it’s hard for people to get to their medical appointments or get crucial medical supplies. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead when you hear a forecast for possible snow or severe winter weather if you have medical needs.  Things to consider if you depend on:  Oxygen tanks, medication prescriptions, or other medical supplies: Plan with your doctor, pharmacist, or medical service provider about what to do if they can’t be delivered… Read More

KCInform test will help us reach employees in emergencies

Thank you to everyone who participated in Tuesday’s test of KCInform, King County’s employee emergency notification system. The results of the test will be used to ensure we can reach employees in an emergency with critical, time-sensitive information – at work, home or on-the-go. If you haven’t yet registered your personal contact or work cell information, please contact kcinform@kingcounty.gov or 206-296-3830 (between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday) to request your unique registration link. Watch this short video to learn more or visit our website.

Preparing for winter weather 

Crossposted from Keeping Communities Connected  It may only be early fall, but King County Roads knows that winter is coming. Every year county road crews prepare for the heavy rain, wind, and snow and ice that our region experiences. Preparations for snow and ice begin by determining the routes that will be plowed during a weather event. Routes are selected in partnership with nearby local jurisdictions, King County Metro, school districts and emergency services providers. The final routes are mapped and available on the Snow and Ice webpage. The county’s resources to plow… Read More

October 31: Test of KCInform employee alert system

King County will test KCInform, our employee emergency notification system, on the morning of Tuesday, October 31. This system allows us to reach County employees by phone, text, and email with timely information in an emergency or natural disaster to keep you, your co-workers, and your customers safe.   In January this year you received an email from noreply@codered.com asking you to register your personal contact information (work cell phone and home phone, email, and/or cell phone) into KCInform (CodeRed is the platform we use to manage KCInform). New employees have received subsequent invitations to register in KCInform.   As we enter storm… Read More

Triple digits Thursday? Excessive heat expected this week 

Crossposted from KC Emergency News  The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for western Washington through 9 p.m. on Friday, August 4.  Unusually hot weather will affect the region for the next few days, with record highs possible on Wednesday and Thursday. Many areas in King County could see temperatures of 100 degrees or more on Thursday. Waterfront and higher-elevation areas will only be slightly cooler, with temperatures there in the mid to upper 90s.  Temperatures this high can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old, and people with certain… Read More