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Emergency Management in Washington State: Our Capabilities, Our Challenges.

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1 Emergency Management in Washington State: Our Capabilities, Our Challenges

2 When It Comes to Emergencies… We know what first responders do….. but what about Emergency Managers?

3 Today’s Objectives Who Are We? What Do We Do? Washington’s Recent Disaster History & Hazards? How You Can Help?

4 Where Are Emergency Managers? Counties, Cities, Special Districts & Tribal Nations Ports, Utilities, Transportation & Public/Private-Sector Critical Infrastructure Owners K-12 & Higher Ed throughout Washington in Camp Murray, WA Region 10 office in Bothell & Lynnwood

5 What Do Emergency Managers Do? During Emergencies? Collaborate, Coordinate & Communicate Collaborate & Coordinate – Support First Responders with Resources – Operate Emergency Operations Centers – Develop Common Operating Picture – Encourage & Connect Community-Based Recovery Efforts Communicate – Provide Alert, Warning & Community Notification – Manage Public Information Across Multiple Incidents – Advise & Inform Policy/Elected Officials

6 What Do Emergency Managers Do? Outside of Emergencies? Build Partnerships Throughout our Communities Ensure Readiness of Emergency Operations Centers Provide Public Education on Hazards & Preparedness Facilitate & Develop Mitigation, Response & Recovery Plans Exercise & Drill Plans Train Emergency Responders & Volunteers

7 Who Does What? Local Emergency Managers Directly support incident with resources Alert, Warning & Public Information Address Local Policy issues & Proclaim Local State of Emergency Coordinate with Community Organizations, Non-Profits & Businesses Coordinate state assets & overhead teams Mutual aid coordination across states Conduct damage assessment Declaration of Emergency to the President Coordinate federal assets Provide overhead teams & specialized help Manage Assistance & Recovery Programs

8 Washington’s Wildfires 2012 = Set New Records for Devastation U.S. Wildfires: Burn Area Expected To Double By 2050 according to Climatologists Study in Sept 2012

9 Washington’s “Common” Disasters Flooding, Landslides, High Winds, Snow/Ice Average = 1x year since 1950 Severe Storms Declared in 2012 (2x), 2011, 2009 (2x), 2007 (2x), 2006 (2x), 2003

10 Washington’s Catastrophic Future? Earthquake & Tsunami Threat ~ Cascadia Subduction Zone

11 Washington Challenges Emergency Management Lacks Sustainable Funding Sources. Many Emergency Management Programs are staffed part-time or in name only. We need a consistent Emergency Management System across the state. Without support, local jurisdictions will lose emergency managers & direct connectivity to their communities. Difficult to sustain programs which are less “visible” in emergencies to the general public.

12 How Can You Help? Be a Role Model of Personal Preparedness Encourage Business Continuity for long-term economic health of our state Support efforts to seek sustainable funding for local emergency management Make Washington State Disaster Ready & Resilient. Washington State Emergency Management Association (WSEMA) Website: Email: Jim Hall, WSEMA President (Yakima) Cheryl Bledsoe, Legislative Chair (Vancouver)

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