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Emergency and Public Safety Agencies | Spokane, WA
Emergency and Public Safety Agencies
9-1-1             Emergencies ONLY

TEXT 911      When Spokane County citizens cannot safely make a phone call, or those who have hearing or speech disabilities...Emergency ONLY...give location of emergency...Use simple words to ask help from police, fire, or medical help....This will NOT work while your phone is roaming.   

ALERT Spokane  
       Spokane's Emergency Notification System

Amateur Radio Emergency Services, and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service  (ARES/RACES)
Provides amateur radio communications during disasters, parades, and fun runs. 

American Red Cross in Spokane
         (509) 326-3330, 8 a.m-4 p.m
The Red Cross aids local victims of disasters.  They also offer the following disaster courses FREE of charge:
Introduction to disaster
Family services
Damage assessment
Shelter operations
Logistics overview and simulation
Emergency response vehicles
Family well-being inquiry
Serving the diverse community
Records and reports
Emergency operations centers
Boy Scouts
  (800) 945-4390

Child Protective Services

         (509) 363-3333 

(Community Organizations Active in Disasters)
Spokane County's Dept. of Emergency Management
1618 N. Rebecca Ave
Spokane, WA  99217
Protecting people, property and the environment through increasing the readiness level to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from major emergencies and disasters. 

C.O.P.S. (Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services)
and Block Watch
They assist the Spokane Police Department in providing services to the neighborhood for the betterment of the entire community.

Crime Check - report Non-Emergency incidents. 
This tip line is staffed 7 days a week, 24 hours/day.
(509) 456-2233         
Department of Homeland Security
  (202) 282-8000
Domestic Violence Crisis Line/Shelter
         (509) 326-CALL
Domestic Violence - Referral to Abuser Treatment
          (509) 487-6783            

Emergency Alert System for the Inland Northwest Region
        The Local Emergency Communication Committee (LECC) is responsible for managing alert and warning notifications for the community and the overall Emergency Alert System for the Inland Northwest region. 
           The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a media-based alerting system that is designed to transmit emergency alerts and warnings to the American public at the national, state and local levels through TV, radio, etc. 

Emergency Preparedness & Response
Spokane Regional Health District
1101 W. College Ave, #360
Spokane, WA 
(509) 323-2847
Explorer Search and Rescue
1121 W. Gardner Ave.
Spokane, WA
(509) 720-8727
Youth and young adults are trained in search and rescue techniques, survival, communications and first-aid. They are used in missing and lost person searches along with evidence recovery in many major crimes.

Fairchild Family Advocacy Office
        (509) 247-2687            

First Call for Help
         (509) 838-4428            
         Frontier Behavioral Health's Crisis Line
         24-hour crisis intervention which assists people
         with urgent mental health issues. 
Greater Spokane Emergency Management
          1618 N. Rebecca St.
           Spokane, WA 99217
           (509) 477-2204

H.E.A.R.T. (Humane Evacuation Animal Rescue Team)
They are trained for the emergency medical care, evacuation, temporary shelter, and identification of pets during local and national emergencies.  mailto:heartofthewest@yahoo.com

HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response
An all-volunteer crisis response organization with specially trained and certified handler/canine teams that provide comfort to responders and victims.

Inland Empire Bloodhounds Search and Rescue
Provides professionally trained bloodhounds and certified handlers for assistance in search and rescue operations.
(509) 477-7610

Inland Northwest Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
Spokane County
(509) 477-7610


Inland Northwest Search and Rescue (SAR)

An adult search and rescue team which provides trained personnel for both urban and wilderness searches.
(509) 477-7610

Intermountain Search Dogs
Provides professionally trained dogs and handlers to assist with air scent, trailing, and human remains detection.  
(509) 477-7610

INW VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
blog:  inwcoad.blogspot.com
         We bring together Voluntary, Government and professional
         organizations active in disaster, to provide a more effective
         service to people affected by disaster through cooperation,
         coordination, communication and collaboration.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Eastern Washington
1101 W. College Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201-2095
(509) 477-3007
Active and retired volunteer medical workers that have been trained & credentialed to respond to medical emergencies. Dave Byrnes

Mobile Emergency Operations Center
Provides mobile command and control facilities for fire, law enforcement and search and rescue needs.
(509) 477-3007

Mountain West Rescue Dogs
Providing search dog teams to Inland Empire since 1982 - teams are trained in air scent, trailing, water and scent discrimination. 
(509) 477-7610
Open Doors
         Family Promise of Spokane
         904 E. Hartson Ave.
         Spokane, WA 99202
         (509) 747-5487
Poison Center  (Washington State)
This 24-hour service provides information and emergency response for poisonings.  They are staffed by nurses, pharmacists and poison information specialists, and a clinical toxicologist.  They handle over 100,000 calls a year.  Call whenever you suspect a possible poisoning, or for information.
Power Outage Reporting
1-800-227-9187           Avista Customers
1-877-668-8243           Inland Power and Light
(509)  924-3800           Vera Water and Power  
Salvation Army Homeless Families Safe Center
         204 E. Indiana
         Spokane, WA 99207

(509) 329-2755

  Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service
          6815 E. Trent
          Spokane Valley, WA  99212
          (509) 477-2532

Sexual Assault Crisis Line
(509) 624-RAPE 

S.C.O.P.E. (Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort)

and Neighborhood Watch
Volunteers throughout Spokane County who have a common mission to provide a safe living environment for the community and to increase citizen awareness of, and involvement in, community-oriented services in partnership with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Rick Scott , (509) 477-3376

         Online Directory of Community Resources by Topic. 

  Spokane Community Resources
         Call if you need food, shelter, health care, or transportation. 

Spokane Conservation District
210 N. Havana
         Spokane, WA
         (509) 535-7274

Spokane County Explorer Search and Rescue (ESAR)

         10319 East Appleway Blvd. 
         Spokane Valley, WA
         (509) 979-6724
         Trains youth and young adults in search and rescue techniques,
         survival, communications, and first-aid.  They assist law enforcement
         in missing and lost person searches, as well as with evidence
         recovery in many major crimes. 

Spokane County Mounted Search and Rescue
Provides horse and mule resources for searching, packing equipment into remote locations, and evacuating subjects with minor injuries.
Email:  mailto:mountedsar@gmail.com
(509) 477-7610

Spokane Fire Department
         (509) 456-3202

Spokane Winter Knights Search and Rescue
An adult group of snowmobile and ATV riders who volunteer their equipment and time to rescue individuals in the mountains & snow environment.
(509) 477-7610

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
         (509) 535-3155       

Victims Crisis Line - 24 hours 
         (509) 624-7273

Volunteer Chore Services

          Catholic Charities program
          1222 N. Post Street
          Spokane, WA  99201
          (509) 458-2509

Warming / Cooling Centers


What You Can Do
  • Volunteer to help with one of Spokane County's public safety agencies. 

  • Many homes to NOT have house numbers which can be located easily and seen clearly, so that emergency vehicles can locate these homes quickly.   Fluorescent paint on house numbers may help make them more visible in the dark. 

  • Sign up Alert Spokane, Spokane's community warning system.  Alert Spokane is a Reverse 911 system that issues local emergency warnings to people living near an emergency situation. Alert Spokane can send automated emergency messages via telephone, cellular phone, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or email to residents and businesses located within Spokane County. This system may be used by emergency response personnel to notify specific homes and businesses at risk with specific information about an emergency event, such as
    • information about a hazardous situation,
    • request from police to help solve crimes or find missing persons,
    • or emergency protective measures during a disaster.

      You will only be called when the associated address will be impacted by an emergency.  For more information, contact
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