King County Council has passed a series of ordinances, strengthening the role and responsibilities of emergency management within King County government. One bill designates Office of Emergency Management Director Walt Hubbard as the lead authority for emergency planning, response, and recovery for King County government, as required under RCW 38.52. This represents a transfer of title and authorities previously assigned to the Director of the Department of Executive Services.
Another ordinance codifies our Emergency Management Coordinating Committee (EMCC), charging the group with specific roles and responsibilities for interdepartmental coordination of emergency preparedness matters. The EMCC has been instrumental in ensuring all departments and key divisions now have current Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs). A third bill strengthens the ability of the Emergency Management Advisory Committee (EMAC) to fill vacant elected positions more efficiently, which helps facilitate the committees’ work.
This legislative package is the capstone to a five year strategic reorganization of OEM that has included an independent performance audit and internal assessment tied to the successful bid for accreditation under the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.