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King County as a whole is recognized by Washington State Emergency Management Division as Homeland Security Region 6. Our office has a responsibility to provide services regionally, as set forth in King County Code. To facilitate coordination within our region, the county has been divided into three geographical zones. Our programs and related regional efforts are informed by the Emergency Management Advisory Committee (EMAC).

EMAC advises, assists, reviews, and comments on emergency management and homeland security issues, regional planning, and policies. They measure and prioritize core capabilities, and recommend homeland security allocations and work products to sustain and enhance preparedness and operational levels. Members, as set forth in code, provide regional and multi-discipline perspective, and represent cities, fire service, law enforcement, hospitals, the Port of Seattle, government, special purpose districts, tribes, utilities, non-profit agencies, and the private sector.

For more information on EMAC or any of the priority work areas, please contact All meetings are open to the public.

Committee Meetings: Second Wednesday of the month, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

2022 Chair: Kimberly Behymer, City of Kent

2022 Vice-Chair: Neil Crosier, King County Metro

Committee Lead: Nicholas Gibbons, King County Emergency Management

Priority work areas

  • SCIPT Gap Analysis Tool
  • Review and update regional catastrophic plans - Coordination Plan, Transportation Annex, and Structural Collapse
  • Maritime Resilience Workshop series

OEM Lead: Sasha Rector



  • Capture inventory of regional critical infrastructure and inter-dependencies
  • Establish specific work plan to address cyber security –with performance measures
  • Establish training for critical infrastructure damage assessment (ATC 20/21)

OEM Lead: Nicholas Gibbons


  • Conduct a mass care gap analysis and build inventory of shelters, CPODs, and Family Assistance Center sites
  • Update and operationalize regional mass care plan (donations, volunteers, logistics, FAST, etc.)

OEM Lead: Tom Sharp


  • Support outreach programs that focus on engagement (MYN, CERT, etc); leverage KCOEM dam study work as a pilot for this approach
  • LEP plan development and implementation
  • Employ a “cohort” based system for surveying progress in preparedness

OEM Lead: Susanna Trimarco


  • Update RCF, HIRA, CEMP, Recovery
  • Develop policy decision making framework and training program for elected/appointed officials
  • Alert/Notification
  • WebEOC

OEM Lead: Barnaby Dow


  • Support CCTA efforts and incorporate Public Health efforts
  • Expand successful programs for county-wide application
  • Radio Communications/PSERN
  • Ensure responders have equipment to support regional tactical priorities
  • Support through grant administration

OEM Lead: Eric O'Brien

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