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What Constitutes an Emergency?

An emergency is defined as a result of:

  • fire, flood, explosion, storm, earthquake, epidemic, riot or insurrection
  • a requirement to immediately preserve order or public health
  • restore to a condition of usefulness any public property that has been damaged or destroyed or where delay will result in financial loss to the County
  • relieve a stricken community overtaken by fire, flood, explosion, storm, earthquake, epidemic, riot or insurrection
  • unforeseen circumstances beyond the County’s control that present a real, immediate threat to the proper performance of essential functions or will likely result in material loss or damage to property, bodily injury, or loss of life.  

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How is an Emergency Declared?

The Executive will issue a determination of an emergency which establishes uniform exemptions to competitive bidding requirements.

What now?

  • Review the Awarded Contracts for contracts that may fill the needs of the agency.
  • Obtain an Emergency Waiver for goods and services required to maintain operations and safety.

Procurement & Payables will assist departments in obtaining contracts needed.

Read the Emergency Procurement Process here.

Contact Us

Phone: (206) 263-9400

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: (206) 296-7676