Emergency Management Advisory Committee (EMAC)
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 the 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.
EMAC meets on the second Wednesday of the month. During even months, the meeting is from 10:00-12:00pm at the RCECC. During odd months, the meeting is held virtually on Teams from 10:00-11:30am. All meetings are open to the public
For more information on EMAC or any of the subcomittee listed below, including meeting invites, please contact HLS.Region6@kingcounty.gov.
2023 Chair: Neil Crosier, King County Metro
2023 Vice-Chair: Curry Mayer, City of Seattle
Committee Lead: Lexi Swanson, King County Emergency Management
This subcommittee is focused on coordinating emergency management efforts across King County and the region to share best practices, reduce duplication of efforts, and develop shared regional response capabilities. Members include subject matter experts within emergency management and response partners at all levels.
The Regional Coordination subcommittee meets virtually on the last Tuesday of the month at 2:00pm.
EMAC Lead: Neil Crosier
This subcommittee is dedicated to fostering relationships and open communication with high level directors and elected/appointed officials in order to communicate issues being undertaken by emergency management professionals. Membership includes current directors and appointed/elected officials as well as individuals who are practiced in executive level communication, education, and public policy.
The Executive Communication and Public Policy subcommittee meets virtually on the third Monday of the month at 11:00 a.m.
OEM Lead: Brendan McCluskey
EMAC Lead: Curry Mayer
This subcommittee is devoted to increasing public preparedness through outreach efforts and material development. This can include disaster skills trainings, attending community events, and hosting forums to share resources and best practices for community educators. They also support CERT teams through trainings and providing materials. Membership includes professionals working in the field of public education, communication, and emergency management.
The Community Outreach Workgroup meets virtually every other month on the 2nd Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
This subcommittee is working to build relationships with vulnerable populations. The group shares about recent incidents in the region and beyond with mass care implications and discusses lessons learned in the area of mass care. They also work to draft grant projects to increase regional capacity and response capability. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in caring for the needs of the public during and after a major event.
The Mass Care Workgroup meets virtually on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m
OEM Lead: Nathan Emory