ESF 2 Information Technology Division Washington Military Department

Washington Emergency
Communications Coordination
Working Group (WECCWG)


To forge and strengthen our public, private and tribal partnerships to enhance emergency communications statewide.


A community of professionals working together to provide reliable and resilient emergency communications throughout Washington state in times of crisis. Learn more about us from this brochure and watch clips of our conversation with Gov. Jay Inslee.


1. Understand the threats we face in Washington state

  • Natural (Earthquake, Wildfires, Wind and Ice Storms, Flooding, Avalanche, Landslide, Volcano, Tornado, Tsunami)
  • Technological (Cyber, Hazardous Materials, Pipelines, Public Health, Terrorism, Urban Fire, Dam Safety, Public Events, Outages)

2. Know one another

  • Establish and maintain active relationships
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of what each entity provides to the larger picture
  • Strive to know our interdependencies
  • Identify and understand private, tribal and public sector response priorities & timelines
  • Know who, how and when to call
  • Develop the expectations and ability to share situational awareness among partners

3. Plan and exercise together

  • Prepare partners with realistic scenarios and expectations
  • Figure out interoperability challenges before disasters strike
  • Overcome information sharing challenges
  • Identify/establish and refine policies, guidelines and/or agreements for companies, governments and tribes to work together

4. Establish and maintain Washington state ESF 2 roster

  • Document our experts, how to reach them and when/where they will be needed
  • Ensure all partners understand ICS/NIMS and ESF 2 
  • Recommend trainings and job aids
  • Ensure all partners understand activation levels, procedures and limitations for various EOCs/ECCs
  • Review/update the CEMP, ESF 2 Annex and other public communication documents

5. Seek out and engage other contributors

  • Routinely identify other contributors
  • Provide opportunities for expanded participation
  • Recruit other participants
  • Market and showcase WECCWG

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
Location: Building 109, Camp Murray, WA
Sponsor: Verizon
Theme: Public and Private Coordination during a Disaster

Prior Meetings

Wednesday and Thursday, August 14-15, 2019
Location: Spokane, WA
Agenda (PDF)

Thursday, May 9, 2019 – WECCWG
Ferndale, WA
Sponsor: MSRC, Globalstar
Theme: CBRND (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Disasters)

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 
Vancouver, WA
Sponsor:  AT&T and Cradlepoint
Theme:  Volcanos
Agenda (PDF)

Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018
Location: Ellensburg, WA 9892
Sponsor: Verizon
Theme: Public Alert and Warning
Agenda (Word)
Mileto Keynote
Presentations: Jim House (PDF) 

(Pt. 1): IPAWS, EAS, 911
(Pt. 2): AlertSense, Sprint Wireless EM, Variable Message Signs, CIEP

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Location: (PAEC) Federal Way Performing Arts Center
Sponsor: AT&T
Theme: Catastrophic Planning
Agenda (PDF)
Photos (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)
Presentations (Pt 1) by Ray Gross (Federal Way), Serena Segura (WA EMD), Tristan Allen (WA EMD), Tom Sharp (KCOEM)
Presentations (Pt 2) by  Clay Freinwald (EPIS), Laura Goudreau (FEMA) & Bill Peters (T-Mobile) & Sonim w/AT&T.
Presentations (Pt. 3) AT&T_FirstNet

Priority Telecommunications Services
POC:  Colleen Wright
Priority Telecommunications Services Area Representative (PAR)
Regions VIII and X
(202) 499-9800 (mobile)

Feb. 1, 2018

Location: Ocean Shores, WA
Sponsor: Harris Technology Communications, & Sprint Emergency Management
Theme: Earthquake/Tsunami
Agenda (PDF)
Photos (PDF)
Jared Eison (PDF)
Chris Utzinger (PDF)
Brian Terbush (PDF)
Robert Purdom (PDF)
ARES-RACES Panel - Monte Simpson, Frank Wolfe, George Boswell (PDF)
Jason Palmer (PDF)
Sprint Presentation (PDF)
HARRIS Technology (Tom Knapp & Guest speaker – Jason Palmer) (PDF)
Jeremy Hurd (PDF)
Adam Geisler (PDF)
David Matthews (PDF)
Tyree Wilde (PDF)

Sept. 28, 2017
Location: Richland, WA
Sponsor: Whenever Communications
Theme: Radiological Hazard
Steven Williams – General area & Radiological Threat Overview – Radiological Hazards (PDF)
Panel - PUREX overview (Michelle Anderson-Moore, Deanna Davis, Sean Davis Steven Williams) – Purex Incident (PDF)
Panel - Area EM & Emergency Comms Overview (Valerie Eveland, Deana Davis, Sean Davis Steven Williams) – Siren Maps (PDF)
Eric Talman – Sponsor (Whenever Communications-Satellite PhoneStore) – Satellite Phone Store (PDF)
Casey Muilenburg – Sprint Sponsor – Sprint WA TriCities – Sprint PDF
Dr. Walter R. Magnussen Jr. – CAUSE V – Presentation (PDF)

May 11, 2017
Location: Spokane, WA
Sponsor: Sprint
Theme: Wildfires
Round Table Discussions (Word)
Mayor Soo-Ing-Moody
EOC – Wildland Fire – EOC Operations 2017
Monte Simpson – TERT Presentation
Casey Muilenburg – Sprint sponsor – 2017 ERT Wildfire
Jill Jones & Jarrod Nordloh (DNR)
Bob Tobin (NOAA)
Ed Lewis (Type 1 Incident Command)
Randy August (Colville Tribe) - Emergency Coms 2015 Fires

Feb. 2, 2017
Sponsor: AT&T
Theme: Cyber
Opening Slides (PDF)
Office of Cybersecurity Response Capabilities (PDF)
Evolution of Security (PDF)
Cyber Capabilities Brief (PDF)
Cyber Reef (PDF)
Cyber Reef Bio (PDF)
Community Cybersecurity (PDF)

Sept. 28, 2016
Tacoma, WA
Purpose and Vision (PDF)
Big Picture (PDF)
Emergency Response Planning (PDF)
National & Regional ESF-2 (PDF)
Washington OneNet (PDF)

State Project Team

Catastrophic Emergency Communications Resiliency Planning

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