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Emergency Management

Cowlitz Tribal Emergency Management


The Office of Emergency Management prepares for emergencies, provides assistance to Cowlitz Tribal Members and surrounding Tribal community programs for disaster recovery, mitigates the effects of these events, and, whenever possible, prevents emergencies and disasters from occurring or worsening.

Our Emergency Manager, is responsible for managing the Cowlitz program in all phases of emergency management including:

  • Acting as the main contact center during disasters and emergencies
  • Coordinating with local, regional, state, and federal jurisdictions and agencies
  • Developing and maintaining the response, recovery, preparedness, and education / training of Tribal Members, Staff and Communities
  • Establishing procedures to staff and maintaining the Tribe’s Emergency Operations Plans
  • Tribal education and training
Our Locations
Ridgefield Office
31501 NW 31st Avenue, Ridgefield, WA 98642
Phone: (360) 727-2119
Fax: (360) 309-5908
  • The Public Safety Administration Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM -5:00 PM
  • Police Officers are on duty 24/7
  • In case of an emergency afterhours, please call 911


The legacy of an ancient people in southwest Washington is rich with descendants who manage a growing portfolio of health, education, scientific research, housing, transportation, development, elder care, conservation and legal issues. The Cowlitz Tribe is a growing force in community building in what are now Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and parts of Pierce, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties, a vast territory occupied by numerous Cowlitz villages prior to non-Cowlitz exploration and seizure. Today, an elected Tribal Council is composed of professionals adept at managing multiple programs and projects.