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Public Safety Final 06-15-10 -   3.3.a - Local Jurisdictions with Current Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans

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3.3.a - Local Jurisdictions With Current Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans

Has Each Washington County Updated Their Comprehensive Emergency Plan To Meet State Guidance In The Last Four Years?

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Data Notes
Data Source: Emergency Management Division
Measure Definition: Current Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans
Target Rationale: Target: 100% of counties have current plans
Link to Agency Strategic Plan:
Relevance: Current plans indicate enhanced ability to reduce  the impact of emergencies.
Notes: (optional) Data Period: As of 1 Apr 2010
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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis: Yes


  • State law (RCW 38.52.030(2)) requires local jurisdiction to plan for emergencies based on the hazards they face. 
  • Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning preparation encourages communities to work together to enhance the delivery of emergency services during incidents by establishing communications networks and describing responsibilities. 
  • The currency of plans depends on the update by jurisdictions and review by Emergency Management Division every four years.
  • Planning is supported by Federal Emergency Management Performance Grant funds.
  • All 39 counties have comprehensive emergency management plans.

 Summary Analysis

  • Validated current plans are vital to executing as a unified team, which is necessary to perform the complex, multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction emergency/disaster response activities to save lives, protect property, the environment and the economy.
  • Local jurisdiction budget reductions adversely impacts the staffing available to do emergency management planning.
  • With declining local jurisdiction budgets decision makers face tough choices.  Sometimes those decisions take on risk in the public safety sector by eliminating low density sections such as emergency management placing emergency planning in caretaker status as someone's "extra duty".
  • There is not a dedicated source of local emergency management planning funding within Washington State. 
  • Recent modest federal funding gains in the last year provided a small amount of additional local jurisdiction emergency management planning funding.  This dedicated funding did allow some improvement in the completion and updating of local Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans.


  • 2 counties have updates due in 2010.
  • Grant, Pacific, Pend Oreille and Island Counties received grant funds to update plans.
  • Since Nov 2009 Skagit, San Juan, and Grays Harbor Counties submitted an updated plan.


Action Plan

  • Continue outreach and technical assistance to counties that have plans older than four years by Dec. 2010.