Neighborhood Preparedness

The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management has developed a program called Pierce County Neighborhood Emergency Teams (PC-NET) which teaches neighborhoods how to respond to disasters, and allows them to organize a Neighborhood Emergency Team.

Being part of an emergency team gives people the knowledge and tools to be able to take care of each other until help arrives. This improves everyone’s odds of surviving.

The PC-NET program is recommended for neighborhoods with no more than 20-30 homes, but can be as small as a single block, a cul-de-sac, apartment building, or condominium complex.

Call the Pierce County Public Education Division at 253-798-6595 and ask for a PC-NET educator if you would like to explore this program with your neighbors.

Safe Streets

Safe Streets focuses on inspiring individuals, neighborhoods, and businesses to build safe, healthy, and thriving communities. Invite a Community Mobilization Specialist to your next neighborhood meeting and learn how they can help you focus on your neighborhoods health and safety initiatives.  

Knox Box

Ensure that we have access to your gated community or home with the Knox Rapid Entry System. When a fire breaks out, or there is an emergency, Knox Box allows our firefighters and paramedics immediate entry into the building or property without the need for forced entry, or dely.

Please follow the instruction below to view a list of products that are compatible with our systems.

Visit, click on the “To see availability: Choose your local fire department agency” tab in the top left corner, select “Washington” from the Your Location drop down menu, type in “Pierce Co FPD #21/Graham Fire & Rescue” in the Local fire department/agency field, then click the “Search” button.

Become a Firewise Community

The Firewise USA® Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The program provides resources to help homeowners learn how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together to take action now to prevent losses. Initiated in 2002 with 12 pilot neighborhoods, the national Firewise USA® Recognition Program has nearly 1,000 active member communities in 40 states, as well as a participation retention rate of 80 percent over the past decade. The program, aimed at homeowners, provides specific criteria for communities regarding wildfire preparedness, and based on this criteria, offers national recognition for their work.

Community Connect

Community Connect is an online platform that allows you to provide first responders with information that they believe would be important to know if they were responding to an emergency at your home.

Any information you provide through Community Connect is completely voluntary and based on what you are comfortable sharing. We have made it easy for you to know what may be important by organizing your secure portal into buckets of information you can enter.