Department of Emergency Management

The Island County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) works directly with the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the State Homeland Security Region 1 which includes Island, San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties.

The Deception Pass Bridge closure is set
for July 12-17

Five consecutive nights of SR 20 Deception Pass and Canoe Pass full bridge closures will start Sunday, July 12.

Closure details

The contract includes incentives to complete the bridge rehabilitation in less than five nights and penalties if work is not completed on time. Our contractor has a lot of work to do during the nightly closures, including:

When the bridges are open between the nightly closures, drivers should be prepared for a rough roadway with bumps at the expansion joints.

Extra ferry service during bridge closures

Washington State Ferries ( has announced it will operate extra evening and early-morning sailings on its Clinton/Mukilteo route, during the five nightly closures of the SR 20 Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges.

Extra sailings July 12-17:

These sailings are in addition to the regular schedule (

Hazard Mitigation

Island County Department of Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation website is now available at:


The DEM is responsible for emergency management within Island County to include planning and coordinating actions for the preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery from natural and man-made emergencies and disasters. DEM provides hazard information, coordinates and provides emergency training for county residents and first responders. The DEM also operates the county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when it is activated.

Island County Emergency Alerts

Island County is able to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice mail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences. It is important that we collect this contact information because many households no longer utilize traditional land-based telephone lines.

The system is intended to be used for emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incidents that may have significant impacts to residents. Emergency Alerts could be related to specific hazards that require some kind of action be taken such as evacuation, shelter in place, boil water orders, etc. Non-emergency alerts could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts or significant ongoing police or fire activity. This list is not meant to be all inclusive, and demonstrates that this system will not be used for routine information. In addition to receiving information on your wireless device, you may also receive notification on your land telephone line (if you have one) depending on the type of incident or event.

Click here sign-up for emergency alerts.

To see the Current Electrical Outages in your area and the Estimated Restoration Times go to the PSE Outage Map.

How to contact us:


The DEM will be notified of incidents that require our support and resources.


Annex Bldg
1 NE 6th Street
Coupeville, WA 98239-5000


Office: (360) 679-7370
Fax: (360) 679-7376
Camano: (360) 629-4523 x7370
South Whidbey: (360) 321-5111 x7370

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 5000
Coupeville WA 98239-5000

Electronic Mail: