The Northwest Healthcare Response Network leads the local healthcare coalition, an affiliation of private and public partners working together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.



The Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN) will replace the current King County Emergency Radio System that is used by first responders to coordinate activities at emergency events, communicate with each other and with their supervisors directing response activities.

See the PUSHECS PSERN overview page for more information on PSERN


FEMA Region X –

FEMA’s Region X supports the citizens and first responders of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Their homepage highlights the latest events in the region and provides access to basic regional information, including links to how to contact us, and what unique projects we’re working on in the Pacific Northwest.


Washington Military Emergency Management Division

Their mission is to protect the citizens of Washington, their property, and the environment and to provide trained military units in support of civil authorities for domestic emergencies and in support of national defense and homeland security.


King County Emergency Management

King County Emergency Management provides leadership and high-quality services to improve the safety of the public in King County. Their offices specialize in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. In addition to natural and technological disasters, many homeland security issues are also coordinated through this office.


King County Radio Shop

KCIT (King County IT) provides radio and mobile data radio programming, radio template development and installation, and user training. They are responsible for the installation of mobile radios, mobile data radios, and computer equipment in a variety of King County vehicles, including the fleet driven by the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Radio Communications Services also provides installation and support services to a wide variety of other local government agencies. With well-equipped shop and field service vehicles, they deliver a full line of radio services, from bench level equipment repair, to shop and field radio installation and maintenance, to mountain-top transmitter site maintenance.


Western Washington Medical Services Emergency Communications Team

First organized in 1990, as an off-shoot of the King County ARES team. Following the Loma Prieta, CA. earthquake in 1989, a group of us realized how vulnerable hospitals were to loss of communication. Team members are trained in NIMS (National Incident Management System), and HICS (Hospital Incident Coordination System). They also receive other training that prepares them for working in a healthcare setting.


 FEMA Tech Corps

Dedicated to organizing volunteers from the technology sector that want to assist in disaster relief work.


Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate –

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), provides technical and scientific advice, assistance, and solutions to the Department of Homeland Security and is the research and development arm of DHS. S&T offers support in research, development, testing, and evaluation capabilities; and access to a well-established network of worldwide public and private partners for use in providing operational solutions to DHS.

See the PUSHECS DHS S&T overview page for more information.


Center for Regional Disaster Resilience –

The Center for Regional Disaster Resilience works on emergency preparedness and disaster resilience projects across the Pacific Northwest from its Seattle office. The CRDR operates under the umbrella of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER), and is committed to working with states, provinces, territories, and communities to create public-private partnerships, develop action plans, and undertake pilot projects and activities to improve regional disaster resilience cooperation.