The Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management (YVOEM) is a joint operation of emergency management created by a 1984 agreement between Yakima County and the towns and cities of:
Yakima County Emergency Services Executive Board
YVOEM is governed by the Yakima County Emergency Services Executive Board consisting of a Yakima County Commissioner, 4 mayors, the Yakima County Sheriff and the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management Director. The Sheriff is an ex-officio non-voting member of the executive board and emergency services council. The annual budget is written by the director and executive board and presented to the Yakima County Emergency Services Council for approval and recommendation to their respective councils.
Emergency Services Council
The Emergency Services Council is made up of the 13 mayors and the Board of County Commissioners. Funding is a combination of Federal Emergency Management Agency grants administered by the State Emergency Management Department and per capita charges assessed each member as directed by the Emergency Services Council.
The Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management coordinates and facilitates resources to minimize the impacts of emergencies and disasters on people, property, economy and the environment. Through planning, it is the mission of the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management in cooperation with other jurisdictions of our county to endeavor to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and technological emergencies and disasters.