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Regional Coordination Framework

Regional Coordination Framework

During a major disaster, it may be necessary to prioritize emergency response and recovery efforts to save lives and minimize long-term impacts to our region. The Regional Coordination Framework and The Agreement provide a decision making process for minimizing competition for resources and conflict of efforts.

The Regional Coordination Framework describes how emergency management, first responder, and related organizations collaborate in King County. An accompanying mutual aid agreement (The Agreement) is solely focused on sharing resources. Signing on to The Agreement allows jurisdictions, and private and non-profit organizations to lend or receive resources during emergencies or planned events; it also provides the legal basis for expense reimbursement, liability and indemnification, and authority. 

Signing on to The Agreement precludes the need for a stand-alone contract to share resources among partner organizations in the exigent circumstances of an emergency. This contract augments any existing state and local mutual aid agreements and does not infringe upon or replace those agreements.

Current signatories

As of March 2022, 29 cities in King County are signatories to The Agreement:

  • Zone 1: Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Duvall, Issaquah, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Medina, Mercer Island, Redmond, Sammamish, Shoreline, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, and Woodinville
  • Zone 3: Algona, Auburn, Covington, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Normandy Park, Pacific, Renton, SeaTac, and Tukwila
  • Zone 5: Seattle 

Other Signatories
Many types of organizations have signed on to The Agreement including governments, special purpose districts, hospitals, and non-profit agencies. King County Government is a signatory partner; The Agreement encompasses all Executive Branch agencies, such as the Department of Local Services - Road Services, the Department of Natural Resources and Parks - Solid Waste Division, and the King County Sheriff’s Office. A full list of signatories is available upon request.

For more information on the Regional Framework and The Agreement, contact Nicholas Gibbons at 206-263-1076 or


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