Emergency Management

Welcome to Pend Oreille County Emergency Management

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The mission of the Pend Oreille County Department of Emergency Management is to protect people, property and the environment. Through increased readiness, mitigation and contingency plans, the Pend Oreille County Department of Emergency Management empowers constituents to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major emergencies and disasters.

Register to Receive Current Emergency Information

Pend Oreille County citizens are urged to sign up to receive emergency updates through the Community Information Service (Nixle) which is designed to deliver important and timely information to residents in our county using the latest technology. Please follow this link to register Resident - Nixle.

Prepare Your Property for Wildfire

Defensible space

Zone 1    0-5 feet

Includes the structure, deck/patio/balcony or other outside entertaining space as well as fencing that is attached to the home and the immediate landscaping from the home to 5 feet away.

  • Remove all combustible materials like wood mulches, dead or dry vegetation, and leaves and pine needles from roofs and gutters.
  • Trim tree branches that hang over the roof, eaves and chimney.

Zone 2    5-30 feet

Includes the area from 5 feet to 30 feet away from the home, including the property and all outbuildings.

  • Keep this area lean, clean and green by pruning and removing dead and dying branches from well-spaced bushes and trees.
  • Make sure to keep this area well maintained and watered during a hot, dry summer.
  • Stack wood piles on bare or gravel areas or in an enclosed shed at least 30 feet from the home.

Zone 3    30-100 feet

This is the area farthest from the home, extending from Zone 2 to your property’s boundary from 30 to 100 feet. Reduce fuels by thinning and spacing vegetation vertically and limbing up trees horizontally to interrupt fire’s path and keep flames small and on the ground.

Take action on WUI projects (fema.gov) - Wildland Urban Interface 

More tips can be found at: https://www.ready.gov/.../how-to-prepare-for-a-wildfire.pdf