May is Volcano Awareness Month in Washington State



Facts about Glacier Peak, one of the five active volcanoes in Washington State that resides in the northeastern corner of Snohomish County:

  • Glacier Peak has produced some of the most largest explosive eruptions within the United States. In fact, when Glacier Peek erupted around 13,000 years ago it's rock fragments traveled as far as Montana.
  • Because the Volcano is so remote, it wasn't until the 1850's that Native Americans pointed out to the naturalist George Gibbs that the peak at one time "smoked".
  • The U.S Geological Survey uses a seismic monitoring station to monitor seismic activity at Glacier Peak. The ability to detect very small earthquakes with the seismic monitor is critical to early warning detection of volcanic activity. 
To learn more about volcanos including areas that are at risk, USGS warning systems and ways to be prepared visit the Snohomish County DEM Volcano page here.

Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management Mission Statement


The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management coordinates emergency management in partnership with the whole community to lessen the impact of disasters on people, property, the environment, and the economy.


Improving lives through innovative and passionate service.


Equitable – Impartially serving all communities
Dedicated – Committed to fulfilling our obligations
Integrity – Responsible stewards of public trust, resources, and funds
Teamwork – Staff support each other in meeting our mission
Collaborative – Seeking partnerships across the whole community for mutual benefit
Creative – Innovative thinkers finding new solutions
Proactive – Anticipating needs and actions
Professional – Trustworthy, ethical, respectful, with a sense of duty to serve

Contact Us

  1. Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management
    720 80th St. S.W.
    Bldg A
    Everett, WA 98203

    Ph: 425-388-5060
    Fx: 425-423-9152
    Emergencies: 911

    Mondays - Fridays (except holidays)
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Duty Officer is available for emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can be reached by calling 911.