Disasters are major events that can strike anywhere and at any time.
In a disaster, traditional 9-1-1 and First Responder capabilities such as
fire, police, medics, and utility personnel will be overwhelmed and unable
to immediately assist individuals. In order to prepare for, and respond to, disaster events, the City of
Bellingham's Office of Emergency Management works closely with other
jurisdictions in Whatcom County in a partnership known as Whatcom Unified Emergency Management.