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Interim Director: Hans Kahl

Please note: Skagit County is currently under a flood warning.
Current flood and road closure information
We will be updating the River Level Hotline regularly at 360-416-1404.


We are in the final review phase of Skagit County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) update and the public is welcome to review and encouraged to make comment to this plan.  Part 1 is the Base Document and Part 2 is the annexes that contain the specific partner to this plans information, such as municipalities, tribes, and special taxing districts.

Please submit comments to DEM@co.skagit.wa.us with attention “NHMP review” in the subject line of the email. 

Or your comments can be mailed to:
Attention : DEM
2911 E College Way, Suite B,  Mount Vernon, WA 98273

If you are not able to review this electronically a copy of the NHMP is available for reviewat the Mount Vernon, Anacortes, and Sedro-Woolley Public Librarys until February 20th, during normal business hours.  

Related: Department of Emergency Management seeks input on draft hazard mitigation plan


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Skagit County Hazard Mitigation
Plan Survey

Interested in helping shape Skagit County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Update?  Take our short survey by either scanning the QR code on your phone, or take the survey here.


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Fall/Winter Storms


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Be prepared for the next emergency

Emergency Management
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2911 E. College Way, Suite B
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 416-1850
email: dem@co.skagit.wa.us

River Level Hotline:
(360) 416-1404

Emergency: 911

Emergency Information Posters

Emergency Management seeks your feedback on new Emergency Information posters. Posters are listed below as well as links for your feedback. This information will help the educate the public on different emergency situations and plans.


Receive Emergency Alerts

Register here to receive emergency alerts and notifications in your area through the CodeRed Emergency Notification System.  This system is a great way to receive local, timely and critical information when it matters most.

It should be noted that not all notifications you may receive via CodeRed originate from the County’s Department of Emergency Management, so the County cannot be held accountable for the content or accuracy of all messages. 

This notification system, in conjunction with on-line resources such as the Skagit County Emergency Management Facebook page, Twitter feed, the Skagit County website and local media outlets, will be the best way to stay informed during hazard and emergency situations. You can chose to be notified on your home or cell phone, text messaging or email.

Tsunami Evacuation Walk Time Maps Published


The Washington Geological Survey (WGS) has published tsunami evacuation walk time maps for the City of  Anacortes and the Samish/Bow/Edison areas of unincorporated Skagit County. The maps show the amount of time it would take to evacuate from within the modeled inundation zone of a Cascadia-sourced subduction zone earthquake. The maps show the extent of the tsunami inundation zone and the paths of tsunami evacuation routes. Colors indicate how many minutes it would take to get to safety from any given location within the inundation zone.

The walk time maps can be downloaded using the following link:

The maps are also available through an interactive map on the WGS website.

The interactive map also provides access to tsunami evacuation brochures for areas that do not have walk time maps yet.

Catastrophes can happen at any time. Preparing for three days will help you make it through many of the disasters you’ll face in the Puget Sound region—including major storms and even small earthquakes.
However, to make it through a major catastrophe—like Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake and tsunami in Japan—you’ll need to be prepared for longer—at least 7 to 10 days.
Local agencies across Puget Sound are teaming up to share information and encourage residents to prepare for catastrophic events with a regional campaign, What to do to make it through.


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Mission Statement:

To provide the emergency organization and coordination of resources to minimize loss of life and to protect property and the environment in the event of natural, human-caused, or technological emergencies or disasters affecting Skagit County.

The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) provides emergency management services to Anacortes, Burlington, Concrete, Hamilton, La Conner, Lyman, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley and the unincorporated areas of Skagit County.

Interim Director: Hans Kahl

Tina Bobbitt
Volunteer Coordinator

Vickie Fontaine
Emergency Management Coordinator