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Emergency Preparedness

Get Prepared for Emergencies

Emergencies could happen any time, so it's important to prepare now. In a large-scale disaster, emergency assistance might not be able to reach everyone who needs help for up to two weeks. 

The Auburn Office of Emergency Management helps the city prepare for and respond to disasters, but it is the responsibility of everyone to be prepared at home.

The City of Auburn also has many tools to help you when winter weather strikes.

Community members should know the hazards that may impact them, make a plan with their household to deal with those hazards, build an emergency kit, and learn how to stay informed when disasters happen.

Winter Weather Preparedness

The time to get prepared for winter weather is before it happens. In addition to the steps outlined above, these resources can help you get ready for storms, power outages, and snowy or icy conditions.

Snow and Ice Plowing Routes

Take a look at the City's snow and ice routes (PDF) to understand which roads the City will prioritize during the next snow or ice storm. Generally Public Works crews will take care of the hillsides first and other routes as needed for public safety.

Winter Emergency Kit Supplies

In addition to a basic emergency kit, residents should consider adding these items:

  • Battery or solar powered light sources with extra batteries.
  • Warm clothes and good walking shoes.
  • Extra blankets and ways to keep warm.

Residents should also think about getting their vehicles ready for winter. Snow tires or chains, kitty litter, and a small shovel can help cars navigate show and ice.

Keeping food, water, and extra warm clothes and shoes in the car can help if you get stuck, think about what you might want with you if you had to spend one cold night in your car.

Winter Weather Resources

Residents can submit service requests with the SeeClickFix app.

Real Time Traffic Conditions

View our real time traffic advisories map that will show emergency and long term road closures and live web cams for when winter weather strikes.

Evacuation Map with Routes

Whenever an emergency has the possibility of becoming life threatening you may be asked to prepare for an evacuation. Please reference our Evacuation Map (PDF) for guidance regarding evacuation.

The City has a collection of interactive or downloadable maps you may find useful in the event of an emergency or other situations.


Storm ReadyThe City of Auburn is a StormReady city, a designation through the National Weather Service. StormReady, a program started in 1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property - before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.

Be Informed

Know how to get updates and information during an emergency. Bookmark to find the latest emergency information.

Other Ways to Stay Connected

Follow the City of Auburn Office of Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter @AuburnWA_EM.

Sign up for our newsletter.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 253-876-1925

Preparedness Resources

Families, businesses, and other community organizations can take steps to prepare for emergencies. The following agencies and organizations provide local emergency preparedness info: