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King County Emergency Management
3511 NE Second St.
Renton, WA 98056
Main Phone: 206-296-3830
Toll Free: 800-523-5044
Fax: 206-205-4056

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Regional Disaster Coordination Framework for public and private organizations in King County

Since 1998 the Regional Disaster Planning Group (RDPG) has been collaboratively working on developing the framework and support documents that make up the Regional Disaster Coordination Framework for public and private organizations in King County, Washington. The planning group has been meeting regularly and includes disciplinary representatives from: cities, fire service, law enforcement, hospitals, public health, water and sewer, schools, businesses, tribes, nonprofits, associations, etc. The Regional Disaster Coordination Framework and related Ominibus Agreement are unique documents that provide public, private and nonprofit organizations an avenue to efficiently assist one another during a disaster through a plan that addresses organizational responsibilities, legal and financial concerns, and specific operational elements of communications, public information, resource management, situation awareness, and regional decision making processes.

The Regional Disaster Coordination Framework and the Omnibus Agreement have recently been reviewed and updated (May 2013). The drafts are expected to be circulated for regional partner comment and agreement summer 2013. Over 140 regional partners from the public, private, tribal, and non-profit community are participant in this unique regional emergency planning effort. Development of such cooperative plans are covered by RCW 38.56.

Icon: PDF file Current Listing of Regional Disaster Plan Signatories (37 KB; PDF) (updated 03/25/08)
Icon: Power Point file Overview of the plan purpose, process, and benefits (820 KB PowerPoint) (updated 05/07/07)

In 2006 and 2007, the Regional Disaster Planning Task Force revised and updated the regional planning documents to align with the National Response Plan, resulting in the following overall changes for all sections of the plan:

  • Changed the format, organized some sections differently to reflect changes from the National Response Plan.
  • Included Indian tribal references in the document.
  • Added language for the National Incident Management System.
  • Corrected grammar and spelling errors.
  • Changed the name for the King County EOC to King County ECC and made these changes and references to the King County ECC consistent throughout the document.

The 2012-2013 review process simplified the planning document by consolidating materials into a single volume covering regional decision making, communications, public information, situation awareness, and resource management. The Omnibus Agreement was improved to ensure the region’s ability to access maximum federal assistance when Stafford Act criteria are met.

When the revisions have completed their initial review, they will be posted to this page.

If you would like to join as a new partner, please have your agency, organization, or tribal signatory authority sign and return the "Signatory Documentation Sheet." For organizational adoption of the RDP, sign and mail one (1) originally signed sheet back to: King County of Office of Emergency Management, 3511 NE 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98056.

Icon: PDF file Regional Disaster Plan Signatory Documentation Sheet (79 KB PDF - 2 pages - Updated Aug 2011)

Meeting Schedule for the Regional Disaster Planning Group (RDPG)

The RDPTF meets every other month (six times per year), with subcommittee activity meetings occurring more frequently. The Group Chair is Luke Meyers. All current signatories and potential signatory partners from public, private and nonprofit organizations are welcome to attend these working meetings which are held at the RCECC, 3511 NE 2nd Street; Renton, WA 98056.

2013 Meeting Schedule

  • Feb 7, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Apr 4, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Jun 6, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Aug 1, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Oct 3, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Dec 5, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Regional Disaster Plan Reference Documents

Icon: PDF file FAQ Sheet - Frequently Asked Questions (17 KB PDF - 2 pages)
Icon: PDF file Brief Regional Planning Overview Sheet (12 KB PDF - 1 page)
Icon: PDF fileExecutive Summary (76 KB PDF - 1 page - updated Dec 2011)
Icon: PDF file Emergency Coordination Zone Map (561 KB PDF - 5 pages)

May 24, 2001 - Elected Officials Forum Materials

Icon: PDF file Washington State Management Presentation (1238 KB PDF - 8 pages)
Icon: PDF file Elected Officials Emergency Management Roles - RCW 38.52 Supportive Handouts (34 KB PDF - 9 pages)
Icon: PDF file "Keeping Hazards From Becoming Disasters: A Mitigation Workbook for Local Governments" (204 KB PDF - 48 pages)