Nurses participate in a decontamination training session at Skagit Valley Regional Hospital
The Washington State Nurses Association is committed to increasing the readiness of nurses to provide nursing care during natural disasters and public health emergencies. WSNA offers resources to support preparedness and mobilization of nurse responders during emergencies and promotes emergency preparedness for individuals and families.
Washington state geology, geography, and weather patterns create the potential for our state to be affected by a variety of disasters/emergencies (wildfires, windstorms, ice storms, tsunamis, flooding) that are occurring with more frequency. In addition, state, county, and city emergency management agencies actively plan for earthquakes anticipated to strike the Puget Sound area.
This website provides resources and education for registered nurses of Washington state in both personal preparedness and disaster response. Our communities rely on our medical professionals to assist when disasters occur.
Anticipating and preparing for emergencies and disasters that may affect you, your family, or community takes time and organization. The following resources are provided to assist you with emergency preparedness:
Established rules and regulations for various classes of emergency workers in the state of Washington including scope of duties, conditions under which workers shall be deemed to be on duty and covered by the provisions of emergency worker registration:
Organizations in Washington state are affiliated with state and federal emergency response agencies. To volunteer, an on-line account, registration, and completion of training hours are often required.