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JBLM Family Resources in Pierce County

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Pierce County because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:

State of Washington

http://access.wa.gov

Pierce County

www.piercecountywa.org

City of Lakewood

www.cityoflakewood.us

City of Puyallup

www.ci.puyallup.wa.us

City of Spanaway

www.celebratespanaway.com

City of Tacoma

www.cityoftacoma.org

City of University Place

www.cityofup.com

FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES

Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care

www.care.com

Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.

Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.

The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.

Active-duty military families receive a 25 percent discount on any subscription.

Child Care Aware

www.childcareaware.org

Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.

The site will also help you find information on locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.

There’s also a special section for the military child covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

Children’s Administration
953 Village Way, Suite 100
Monroe, WA 98272
360-805-2100
www.dshs.wa.gov/ca

DSHS Children’s Administration is the public child welfare agency for the state of Washington. The staff works with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services that support families and assure the safety and well-being of children. The department’s programs include an abuse hotline, services for adoption, child care, foster care, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse and more.

Pierce County Family Support Division

930 Tacoma Ave. S, Room 946
Tacoma, WA 98402
800- 992-2456
www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=3566

The Family Support Division represents the Division of Child Support, a DSHS agency. The division works with child support agencies throughout Washington state, the U.S. and abroad to establish and enforce child support and to protect the best interests of children in accordance with state laws.

Pets

JBLM Family Resources Pets

Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.

  • Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your current phone number on it.
  • Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
  • Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
  • Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.

Depending on where you live, your pet may face new outside dangers as human activity increasingly encroaches on wildlife habitat. Wildlife that your pet may encounter include beavers, coyotes, gophers, raccoons, rodents, skunks, even deer, bears and moose. The best way to avoid wildlife around your home is to limit any behavior that might attract it. Do not leave animal kibble unattended outdoors; raccoons, coyotes and even squirrels that eat pet and people food can lose their fear of humans and may become aggressive. Keep trash in containers with lids that are animal-resistant. In addition to larger animals, smaller pests such as fleas, ticks and spiders can be extremely dangerous as they carry disease to pets and humans, Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, and check for ticks and bites on your animal when you get home. If a tick is found, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it as close to the skin as possible and pull it straight out, gently; if the mouthparts break off and remain in the skin, use the tweezers to remove them as well. After removing the tick, use antiseptic on the bite site and wash your hands thoroughly.

Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/nuisance for a full list of wildlife dangers and how to avoid them, and the Washington State Department of Health’s web page describing how to avoid pests, such as ticks and spiders, at www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Pests.

Animal Services

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Puget Sound Region
16018 Mill Creek Blvd.
Mill Creek, WA 98012 425-775-1311
http://wdfw.wa.gov

The WDFW manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with many of the species across the state. For information about wildlife in the Puget Sound region specifically, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/region4.

Pierce County Animal Services

2401 S. 35th St., Room 200
Tacoma, WA 98409
253-798-7387
www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=325

Animal Services, part of the Pierce County Auditor’s Office, provides a variety of services, including pet licensing, animal adoptions, noise complaints, investigation of animal neglect and cruelty, enforcement of county and state animal ordinances and laws, and connecting lost pets with their owners. For more information, visit the office’s website.

Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County

2608 Center St.
Tacoma, WA 98409
253-383-2733
www.thehumanesociety.org

The state’s largest animal welfare agency, the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County finds loving homes for more than 6,000 pets a year, reunites thousands of lost pets with their owners, provides medical care for ill and injured shelter pets, and offers comprehensive low-cost spay-neuter programs. For more information on the animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the society’s website.

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services in Pierce County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association website http://wsvma.org.

Safety

JBLM Family Resources Safety

State of Washington Washington Traffic Safety Commission

Nonemergency 360-725-9860
www.wtsc.wa.gov

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is the federally recognized highway safety office of Washington state. It leads statewide efforts and builds partnerships to save lives and prevent injuries on the roadways for the health, safety, and benefit of communities.

Washington State Patrol

Nonemergency 360-596-4000
www.wsp.wa.gov

The Washington State Patrol (WSP), the state police agency, is one of two state law enforcement agencies considered to be a general authority law enforcement agency, the other being the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The nearly 600 WSP officers patrol highways daily and are known as troopers, although they are frequently colloquially referred to as staters. More than 1,000 additional civilian employees include investigative support staff, such as crime lab technicians, and those who work for the state fire marshal.

Emergency Management Division

Nonemergency 253-512-8000
http://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division

The Washington Emergency Management Division of Emergency Management plans for and responds to natural and man-made disasters. Visit the division’s website for a severe weather awareness guide and other preparedness information.

Pierce County

Department of Emergency Management

Nonemergency 253-798-6595
www.co.pierce.wa.us/Index.aspx?NID=104

The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is responsible for planning and coordinating actions for disaster preparation, response and recovery. Its five divisions include Emergency Management, Enhanced 9-1-1, the Fire Prevention Bureau, Radio Communications and the Washington State Urban Search & Rescue Task Force (WATF-1). Visit the department’s website for the county’s disaster planning guide and other disaster preparedness information. You can also sign up for Pierce County ALERT, a customizable service that allows you to receive alerts on up to 10 devices. Then choose five locations to get notifications about sent by fire, police and other agencies dealing with emergency responses.

Fire Marshal

Nonemergency 253-798-7179
www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=980

Sheriff

Nonemergency 253-798-7530
www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=121

Lakewood

West Pierce Fire & Rescue

Nonemergency 253-564-1623
www.westpierce.org

Police Department

Nonemergency 253-830-5000
www.cityoflakewood.us/police

Puyallup

Central Pierce Fire Rescue

Nonemergency 253-538-6400
www.centralpiercefire.org

Police Department

Nonemergency 253-841-5415
www.cityofpuyallup.org/215/Police-Department

Spanaway

Central Pierce Fire Rescue

Nonemergency 253-538-6400
www.centralpiercefire.org

Parkland/Spanaway, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department

Nonemergency 253-798-4840
www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=1945#peninsula

Tacoma

Fire Department

Nonemergency 253-591-5737
www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/fire

Police Department

Nonemergency 253-798-4721
www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/police/

University Place

West Pierce Fire and Rescue

Nonemergency 253-564-1623
www.westpierce.org

Police Department

Nonemergency 253-798-4058
www.cityofup.com/services/police-department

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