Crisis Response & Emergency Preparedness

Planning, Preparing, Responding

  • Here at Federal Way Public Schools, the safety of our students and staff is our first concern.

    Planning and preparing to respond to a crisis situation is a critical part of the district’s emergency preparedness efforts. Regular practice for staff and students helps ensure that best practices are followed automatically in the case of an actual emergency.


    The "All Hazard Response Plan" is comprehensive plan for responding to a variety of natural disasters and hazardous situations including earthquake, fire, bomb threat, and hazardous materials incidents. This plan includes training resources, procedures and guidance relating to lockdown procedures, intruder response and natural disasters.


    Our schools have emergency plans in place, which include procedures on responding to incidents like fires, earthquakes, or intruders. Drills are held at all schools throughout the year, so that students and staff can practice appropriate responses to hazards.

    We work in partnership with local law enforcement, public safety and county emergency management to prepare for emergency conditions and hazards in our schools.


    In the event of a districtwide emergency, the district Emergency Operations Center to will proivide support for students and staff at each school. Local law enforcement and emergency management officials will communicate directly with the district to coordinate response plans and maximize resources, ensuring that assistance is available where it is most needed.

In the Event of a Crisis, Emergency, or Natural Disaster

  • Schools are likely to be one of the safest places that children could be located during most crises, emergencies or natural disasters. 

    Unscheduled school closures due to inclement weather, natural disaster, or school emergencies may occasionally occur.

    Should an emergency occur during the school day that requires schools to close, staff members will remain at school until all students have been reunited with their parent, guardian or authorized person. 

    In any emergency situation, including severe weather conditions, staff will make every effort to contact parents at the phone numbers you provide on your child’s yellow emergency card. Please make sure that those numbers are up-to-date and that we have the names and phone numbers of other people you might ask to pick up your child.

    All adults who are picking up children should remember to bring photo identification.

    The decision to close school will be made by the Superintendent’s Office in collaborations with local law enforcement, public safety and emergency management officials.

Information About Closures & Delays

  • The decision to cancel or delay school depends on many factors, the most important of which is student and staff safety. We strive to make our decisions about school closings or delays as early as possible. 

Safe Schools Tip Line

  • Report a concern or an incident, anonymously - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


    Students, families, staff, and community members can report school-related safety concerns, or alert a school or the district about a potential threat using the anonymous tip line.

    If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.

Contact Us

  • FWPS Security Dispatch Services
    Phone: 206-328-1800 (24/7 Answering and Dispatching Services)

    Department of School Safety, Emergency and Risk Management
    Educational Services Center
    33330 8th Ave. S.
    Federal Way, WA 98003

    Paul Vang, Executive Director

    Reggie Roberts, Lead Officer


How Families Can Help During an Emergency

  • We understand that parents want to come to the school or call the school during an emergency.

    Families can support the school by remaining calm and waiting for information from the district.

    • Do not go to the school

    • Be patient

    • Update all emergency contact info

    We will communicate with you as quickly as possible. Your child's safety is our priority.

Make a Family Plan

  • Each family should have a plan covering what to do in an emergency or weather-related situation. The American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommend that each person be able to be self-reliant for three days.

    Please develop a plan and discuss it with your child.

    • What is the best route home if your child's bus must use an alternate route? 
    • Where could your child go if he or she needed help? 
    • Who would care for him or her until you arrive? 
    • Is there someone your child could call to calm any concerns he or she might have?

    If you will not be home, instruct your child as to where he or she should go in the event of an early dismissal due to emergency conditions.