Plans and committees
Planning is a critical part of all phases of emergency management - Prevention, Protection, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation. Emergency plans are developed in collaboration with jurisdictions, businesses, and other emergency response partners to be consistent with Federal and State laws, as well as local ordinances. Regional planning efforts product two types of documents - plans and procedures. Plans describe "who does what" before, during, or after an emergency. They also address likely hazards, develop a context for when a plan might be used, and describe responsibilities, actions, and related timelines. Procedures contain detailed checklists for accomplishing tasks and processes described in a plan. For example, the organization(s) responsible for conducting a damage assessment is identified in a plan. The data collection and documentation process are described in a procedure/checklist. After individual plans are developed, appropriate personnel are trained and the plans tested through exercises to evaluate how well they actually work. This allows us to identify gaps and and make needed modifications.
King County supports a number of programs aimed at preparing for, responding to, and recovering from regional disasters and local emergencies. While personal and community preparedness is critical to surviving winter storm emergencies and large disasters, County government, tribes, cities, and numerous other agencies throughout King County have developed regional strategies to build more resilient communities. Specific committees representing key stakeholders ensure these plans incorporate Homeland Security plans and requirements and are appropriate, inclusive, and updated on a regular basis.