Amtrak-300x225Located in southwestern Washington, Skamania County extends from the northern bluffs of the Columbia River Gorge, through the forested ridges and ravines of the Cascade Mountains, north beyond Mount St. Helens, and east to the flanks of Mt. Adams.

The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) prepares for, coordinates response, logistical support, mitigation and recovery for all natural and man-made emergencies and disasters.

The term emergency means a set of circumstances which demand immediate action to protect life, preserve public health or essential services, or protect property. Disaster means the situation in beyond the capabilities of the responding jurisdictions or organizations. April '05 - Amtrak derails east of Stevenson, fortunately there were only a few minor injuries - this time. Such incidents clearly illustrates the potential for disasters; and the importance of being prepared.

There are four identified phases to Emergency Management: Preparedness, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. We are always engaged in at least one of these phases; it is a continuing cycle...