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Disaster Preparedness

Disasters can occur any where at any time. After a disaster strikes, traditional 9-1-1 and first responder capabilities such as fire, medics, police, and utility personnel will be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist residents. Preparing your family, your home, and your neighborhood is key to survival.

Neighbors will likely be the first ones to offer you assistance. Here in Port Ludlow we have active neighborhood groups organized and willing to help.

Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) offers Nixle alerts. These are text messages (on your cell phone or via email) with important public safety information that can include road closures, severe weather advisories, and other public safety information.

  • Navigate to at

  • Follow the simple steps to sign up. When you receive a text message from 888777, reply to complete the sign-up process.

  • This is a free service from Jefferson County Emergency Management however if you chose text alerts and have a phone plan that charges for text messages, normal text message fees by your phone service charges may apply.

In the event of a major power outage, officials recommend getting information by listening to your car radio.

Other helpful websites include:

  • Washington State Emergency Management:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency:

  • If you want to get notified when the Hood Canal Bridge closes, sign up for the Washington State Department of Transportations website at Hood Canal Bridge.

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