County Emergency Plans
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 manmade disasters to which a political subdivision is vulnerable. The comprehensive emergency management plan specifies the purpose, organization, 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).
Yakima County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan - 2014
Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
A Hazard Mitigation Plan looks at the risks faced by the county and cities. Based off those risks and the potential for future impact from a disaster mitigation strategies are created. Those strategies try to reduce the impact from future disasters. The plan outlines potential actions that can be done to lessen the impact from disasters.
Hazard Mitigation Plan
Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Revision 2018-2019
Why participate in the revision?
According to the National Preparedness Goal, the “Whole Community” includes individuals, families, and households; communities; the private and nonprofit sectors; faith-based organizations; and local, tribal, state, and Federal governments. Involving the “Whole Community” is a means by which Yakima County residents, businesses, non-profit organizations, emergency management practitioners, organizational and community leaders, and government officials at all levels can collectively identify and assess the needs of their respective communities and, determine the best ways to organize and strengthen their assets, capacities, and interests.
Emergency response and coordination is strongly dependent on a common understanding of roles and responsibilities, as well as pre-established relationships. This revision process 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.
Emergency Support Functions (ESFs)