Emergency Management Council


The Washington State Emergency Management Council advises the Governor and the Director of the Washington Military Department on all matters pertaining to state and local emergency management by promoting, assessing and reporting on statewide emergency readiness. Multiple Emergency Management-related committees, groups and commissions support the Washington Military Department's mission of minimizing the impact of emergencies and disasters on the people, property, environment and economy of Washington state,


Washington citizens, public and private infrastructure and the vitality of Washington’s economy are safe and secure.

Council Information

EMC Report to the Governor

Meeting Dates

2021 EMD Meeting Agendas

2021 EMC Meeting Minutes

2020 EMD Meeting Minutes

(Most postponed due to COVID-19)

2019 EMC Meeting Minutes

2018 EMC Meeting Minutes

2017 EMC Meeting Minutes

2016 EMC Meeting Minutes

2015 EMC Meeting Minutes

2014 EMC Meeting Minutes

2013 EMC Meeting Minutes

Council Sub-Committees

General Information

Member Responsibility to the EMC


Council Member Member Responsibility to the EMC
Washington State Patrol (WSP)
  • Assist in providing law enforcement activities to augment local resources
Washington Military Department
  • Provide technical assistance on the four phases of emergency management
  • Update EMC on local, state, and national emergency management issues
  • Coordinate all phases of emergency management in Washington; provide facilities, material, and people to carry out the mission of emergency management in the State of Washington
State and Local EM Directors
  •  Provide the Council with information that clearly and realistically describes the current capabilities and limitations of local emergency management jurisdictions throughout the State of Washington
  • Prioritize what the local emergency management community sees as both short-term and long-term emergency preparedness priorities for State of Washington
  • Educate elected and appointed officials and the general public about the need for emergency preparedness and what their roles and responsibilities are so that they can make a positive contribution towards our goal of achieving an enhanced level of emergency preparedness
  • Coordinate and facilitate emergency preparedness activities at the local level to engage all necessary players (i.e. public sector, private sector, and volunteers) in the process
Seismic Safety Experts
  • Assign individual as chair of the Seismic Safety Committee
  • Closely coordinate with Emergency Management Division in matters concerning wild land fire suppression
  • Coordinate role on the State Telecommunications Committee
  • Provide resources as defined in the CEMP in response to state emergencies
Sheriffs and Local Police Chiefs
  • Provide information on how local and state enforcement resources are utilized in regional and statewide disasters
  • Develop law enforcement mobilization plan and provide guidance to local law enforcement on mutual aid, regional disaster planning and training on ICS
  • Identify statewide equipment inventories and capability of responding to all hazardous incidents including weapons of mass destruction
  • Strategic and tactical intelligence
Local Fire Chiefs
  • Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs (WSAFC) believes that success in all aspects of emergency management depends upon effective coordination between sate, local, and federal agencies; private industries; profit and nonprofit organization; and citizens
  • Work with other agencies/entities to promote coordination
  • Promote strategies to provide adequate funding of emergency management activities at the state and local levels
  • Assist in developing recommendations for the improvement of emergency management practices, standards, policies, and procedures
Medical Officers
  • Coordinate/address emergency support Function 8 (EFS8) for the state:
  • Assessment of health medical supplies o Health surveillance o Medical care personnel
  • Health medical equipment and supply
  • Patient evacuation
  • In-hospital care
  • Food/drug/medical device safety
  • Chemical/biological/radiation hazards
  • Mental health
  • Veterinary services
  • Public health information
  • Vector control
  • Potable water/waste disposal
  • Mortuary services
Department of Ecology
  • Advise Council on emergency spill response and environment restoration
  • Advise Council on responder equipment and training needs at state and local levels
  • Serve as advisor for on-scene spill response and environmental needs at state and local levels
  • Serve as advisor to the Council on Community-Right-to-Know issues
  • Coordinate development, implementation, and maintenance of the EPCRA Program which may include, but is not limited to:
  • Data management of reports submitted by business
  • Technical assistance to businesses
  • Accessing and communicating to the public
  • Outreach to business and public about EPCRA
State Fire Marshal
  • Mobilize firefighting resources and provide an incident command structure during an emergency declaration
Search and Rescue (SAR) Volunteers
  • Identify those areas where training and tasking will enhance the ability of the 8,000+ SAR members to best respond to the emergency
  • Initiate training and information programs to insure they are ready to respond