The Island County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of a number of plans and documents. Some are required by state law others become necessary to implement state or federal programs. Most DEM plans deal directly with the coordination of local, county and state governments before, during and after a disaster or emergency.
Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is required by state code and establishes within Island County the basic responsibilities and relationships for emergency functions and operations.
Continuity of Operations
Continuity of Operations (COOP) is an effort within individual departments of Island County to ensure continuity of their essential functions across a wide range of emergencies and events .
Governments at all levels have a fundamental responsibility to provide uninterrupted essential services to the public, regardless of circumstances. COOP is a good business practice and private business refers to it as Business Continuity Planning (BCP).
Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Mitigation Plan is a required. It provides the structure for identifying, analyzing and adopting hazard mitigation initiatives to make the county more disaster resistant. The Mitigation Plan enables the county decision makers to better allocate scarce resources for the greatest benefit to the county.
The mitigation planning process is of greatest benefit when it is supported with public input and support. Anyone interested in participating in the mitigation Planning process should contact DEM.
Founded in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a public service that provides a reserve communications group within government agencies in times of extraordinary need. During periods of activation, RACES personnel are called upon to perform many tasks for the government agencies they serve. Although the exact nature of each activation will be different, the common thread is communications.