Emergency Response / WATrac

The Network will be a key partner in your organization’s response to—and recovery from—our next emergency. We provide 24/7 support through our Duty Officer, and activate our Healthcare Emergency Coordination Center (HECC) to provide a critical link among healthcare facilities, public health departments and government partners. Through the HECC, we coordinate information sharing to increase situational awareness and facilitate informed decision making.

In addition, the Network works to secure resources for its members; we coordinate sourcing supplies and services needed by healthcare facilities, hospitals, blood centers and dialysis providers. We also represent the healthcare community in obtaining federal assistance during a disaster.


The Network is the regional administrator of WATrac (Washington System for Tracking Resources, Alerts, and Communication), Washington State’s web-based healthcare resource tracking and alert system for statewide collaboration on a daily basis and during emergency responses.

Accurate patient tracking is a key aspect of mass casualty incident (MCI) response and essential for effective family reunification, and WATrac provides a platform for multiple healthcare facilities to track patient information from an MCI in a single location.

The Network has developed training videos that allow for continuity of training and familiarity with the system, as well as providing just-in-time training during an incident. The videos are available in the Network’s Vimeo library and cover the following topics:

  • Conducting Patient Searches
  • Accessing a Patient Tracking Incident
  • Adding a Patient to an Incident
  • Adding an Agency or Service to an Incident
  • Adding and Editing a Patient Incident
  • Editing a Patient and Updating a Patient Status