County Emergency Plans

  1. CEMP
  2. Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP)

In Washington State, emergency management offices have numerous emergency plans. Our two most overarching plans, are the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)

A comprehensive emergency management plan is a basic plan with elements which address all natural and man-made disasters to which a political subdivision is vulnerable. The comprehensive emergency management plan specifies the purpose, organization, core capabilities, and responsibilities of the various agencies involved in disaster response and recovery. These responsibilities are broken down into what is referred to as ESFs (Emergency Support Functions).

Emergency response and coordination is strongly dependent on a common understanding of roles and responsibilities, as well as pre-established relationships. The revision/update is an on-going process that provides an opportunity to engage with each other,

1) to gain a better understanding of what to expect from one another, and

2) to build improved working relationships with those who you may engage closely with during an incident.

Regardless of jurisdiction or organization, this process is a time to revisit expectations and legal responsibilities. If you are a city or town representative participating, this is a time to improve your understanding of how the county anticipates response to improve your own plans, as well as gain awareness of resource gaps needed to fill in your own jurisdiction.

The Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management Division (WEMD) Director Robert Ezelle congratulated Yakima County and Yakima Valley Emergency Management 'on this significant endeavor' of the CEMP Revision in a letter dated September 18, 2019.  

Executive Summary
County-Wide Basic Plan
ESF Core Capabilities Responsibility Matrix
Core Capabilities Development Sheets (FEMA)
ESF #01 Transportation
ESF #02
Communications, Info Systems & Warnings
ESF #03
Public Works
ESF #04
ESF #05
Emergency Management
ESF #06
Mass Care
ESF #07
Logistics/Resources Support
ESF #08
Public Health & Medical Services
ESF #09
Search & Rescue
ESF #10
Oil & Hazardous Materials
ESF #11 Agriculture & Natural Resources
ESF #12
ESF #13
Public Safety, Law Enforcement & Security
ESF #14
Long-Term Recovery

ESF #15
Public Affairs
ESF #20
Defense Support to Civil Authorities
City of Yakima CEMP
Basic Plan
WA Emergency Management Division (WEMD) Tiered CEMP Review Recommendations/Comments
Yakima County Risk Assessment - 2014

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