Reporting Incidents and Accidents

Should an incident or accident occur at your site, please follow the directions here to share important details with staff.

Who Should I Call?

  • 911 – Call when you believe you are or could be in immediate danger, or if you need assistance triaging a situation
  • 206-625-5011 – Call to report any non-emergency concern to the Police
  • 206-684-7250 – Call the Parks Duty Officer on weekends or evenings (or if you can’t get a hold of anyone else) to report something where an immediate maintenance response is needed

*Be sure to identify yourself as Seattle Parks volunteer Forest Steward

Additional Washington State Resources:

Mental Health Support: Crisis Connections 24/7 (866)-427-4747 Provides immediate help to individuals, families, and friends of people in emotional crisis. We can help you determine if you or your loved one needs professional consultation and we can link you to the appropriate services. They are a primary source for linking Seattle-King County residents to emergency mental health services.

Homelessness Helpline: Homeless Outreach Stabilization and Transition 24/7 206-464-1570 x 3055 Strives to open up a safe space and empower the most vulnerable members of our community significantly impacted by severe and persistent mental illness. They travel throughout Seattle to meet their clients where they’re at: encampments, shelters, street corners, day centers, hospitals, etc. HOST case managers provide unconditional support, education, and advocacy to people experiencing homelessness.

Sexual Assault: King County Sexual Assault Resource Center 24/7 (888)-998-6423 is a victim-advocacy organization that provides critical support, tools, and direct services to children, teens, women and men who are victims of sexual assault in  the King County area.

Victim Support: Victim Support Services 24/7 1(888)-288-9221 provides peer support and advocacy for victims of crime. Speak with a trained advocate who can provide assistance with needs resulting from victimization via the number above.

Domestic Violence: Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) 24/7 (425) 656-7867 DAWN protects men, women and children from domestic abuse, providing shelter, support and empowerment so they can build secure and happy lives. DAWN offers Community Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, Mental Health Counseling, and Support Groups for women and children in both English and Spanish. We have a 24 hour advocacy hotline, and are the sole provider of emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in the area.

Domestic Violence for LGBTQIA+ communities: Northwest Networks 24/7 (866) 427-4747 Skilled support for survivors of domestic, dating and sexual abuse. All genders welcome. LGBT competent assistance with protection orders, counseling, safety planning, legal advocacy, group support, and individual therapy. Skilled support for survivors of domestic, dating and sexual abuse. LGBTQ competent assistance with protection orders, counseling, safety planning, legal advocacy, group support, and individual therapy.

What Form Should I Complete?

  • Incident Report Form –  should be filled out to report any bad activity going on at your park, including vandalism, theft, violence, encampments, etc.
  • Accident Report Form – should be filled out to report any injury that happens in the park.
  • Injury Investigation Report – should be filled out to better explain and record any bodily injury that occurs while working in the park.

*Submit all forms to your Plant Ecologist. All submitted forms are subject to public disclosure

Best practices for filling out incident and accident forms

Include the date, time, and location of where the incident occurred, include the Park or Facility name.

When describing the incident, only include the facts.

  • Keep it objective.
  • Make sure you include the who, what, where, when, why, and how when applicable.
  • If you are quoting someone use quotations and who said it.
  • If you only know a nickname then comment that you only know them as nickname.
  • Print your name under the “report filed by” and include a contact number.
  • Add any action taken in the last box.
  • If the report does not have enough space to include all the information it is okay to write on a separate paper and let us know there are additional documents.
  • When applicable have witnesses write their statement and have them sign and date their statement.  If you interview the witness and write down their information state that you interviewed them and what they said.

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