Jan 26

Emergency Management Day at the Capitol on 02/25/16

Dear Colleagues:

Back by popular demand, your Legislative Committee has organized WSEMA’s second annual “Emergency Management Day at the Capitol” set for Thursday, February 25, 2016. The purpose of the day is to connect emergency managers with lawmakers; to share the pressing issues that confront our organizations individually, within our regions, and across the State of Washington. A draft email for EMs to forward to legislators is attached (click here).

As you know, in recent years our profession has been buffeted by a series of challenges that simply demand attention of our political leadership:
  • dwindling federal support for preparation and mitigation
  • the damaging effects of climate change
  • record-breaking wildland fires
  • continued major flooding
  • devastating landslides
  • the exponential growth of volatile crude oil shipments by rail and barge
Who best to put these realities into terms that have real impact with the legislature than those whose job it is to plan for and respond during disasters?

We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to talk with your legislators, in real terms, about current trends and how they are affecting your ability to prepare for, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Legislators are especially interested in specific cases, real-world examples that tell our story, both individually, and as a whole.

We also invite you to share one of WSEMA’s main thrusts for the day: 1) to ask for an independent, comprehensive gap analysis – based on the criteria laid out in the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) — of emergency management capabilities across the state; 2) to fund emergency management capabilities in a sustainable fashion; and 3) to stop the fiscally irresponsible practice of raiding E9-1-1 funds to balance the budget.

We hope you’ll say “yes” to WSEMA’s “Emergency Management Day at the Capitol,” set for Thursday, February 25th in Olympia (RSVP here). We’ve reserved Conference Room “A” in the Cherberg Building for a general networking session – a light lunch will be served.  We will invite all legislators to join us for a lunch and conversation.

This is your chance to be heard. Last year’s “EM Day” was well attended and had real impact, resulting legislation affecting all-hazard mobilization, crude oil transportation, 9-1-1 privacy and more. Please complete the attached draft email letter for your Legislator(s) and act now to set up a time to visit with them on the 25th, or any time during the legislative session.


Jody Miller, President
WSEMA 2015-16
Jan 08

2016 HAZMAT Workshop at HAMMER Training Facility in Richland, WA

Save the Date! (click here for flyer)

The 2016 Annual HAZMAT Workshop will take place from Friday, April 1- Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the HAMMER Training Center in Richland, Washington

 2016 Course Subjects will Include:
  • 24 Hour Hazmat On-Scene Incident Command Course
  •  HazMat Safety Officer
  •  Pesticide Awareness
  •  Enhanced Chemistry Refresher
  • Standardized Awareness Training
  • Rail Response Training

More information to come in the near future about additional subjects and registration details!

The Washington State Annual HazMat Workshop is endorsed and planned through a collaborative effort of the Washington State Emergency Response Commission and funded by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency EMPG Grant.

For more information: Contact [email protected] and/or go to HAMMER’s website: http://www.hammertraining.com/

Sep 25

2015/16 WSEMA E-Board

 The WSEMA General Membership met on 09/21/2015, and elected new E-Board Members.Your 2016 Board members are:

  • Jody Woodcock, King County ~ President
  • Ute Weber, City of Tacoma ~ Secretary to the Board
  • Charles Wallace, Grays Harbor County ~ President-Elect
  • Sean Davis, Franklin County ~ Past-President
  • Butch Aiken, Asotin County ~ Treasurer
  • JoAnn Boggs, Pend Oreille County ~ East-Side Representative
  • Jamye Wisecup, Clallam County ~ West-Side Representative
  • VACANT ~ Tribal Nation Liaison
  • Matthew Lieuallen, Ecology and Environment, Inc. ~ Public Sector Representative
  • Scott Heinze, Pierce County ~ Public Sector Representative

Please do not hesitate to contact us at:  [email protected] 

Thank you.

Jody Miller, 2016 President

Washington State Emergency Management Association

Sep 25

Joel E. Aggergaard Memorial Scholarship

WSEMA Members & Conference Participants:

Our annual conference is scheduled for the September 19-22, 2016, in Spokane at the Northern Quest Resort. Those interested in applying for the scholarship need to complete this form: 2016 WSEMA Joel Aggergaard Scholarship Application

We ask that ALL WSEMA members take the opportunity to support the Joel E. Aggergaard Memorial Scholarship. Your donations of gift baskets, and handmade artwork, jewelry and cultural items, will make a huge impact in the life of a student pursuing an emergency management degree.

If you know what you will be donating, can you please drop a line to our organizing committee which are listed below. Also, if your donation needs to be transported to Vancouver, please let us know: items can be dropped off in the Portland/Vancouver area, Olympia, Camp Murray and Tacoma, or we can try to arrange a pickup at your location if need be.

We appreciate your support! Please help us make 2016 the biggest year yet for the Aggergaard Memorial Scholarship.

Please consider contacting any of the three below to make a donation:

 Jesi Chapin                            Matthew Lieuallen           Jennifer Schaal

[email protected]        [email protected]                     [email protected]

Jody Woodcock, WSEMA President