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Island County > Emergency Management > Plans & Documents


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 (CEMP)

The CEMP is required by state code and establishes within Island County the basic responsibilities and relationships for emergency functions and operations.  The CEMP consists of a basic plan, appendices, and emergency support functions (ESFs) that further define specific emergency support actions such as communications, evacuation, damage assessment, and others.  The ESFs were aligned with the federal National Response Plan (NRP) and state ESF's to facilitate common references between government levels.  With the change to the National Response Framework - NRF (April 2008), the CEMP sections will be realigned and renumbered.  Until that can be accomplished, a "crosswalk" document from the existing numbering system to the new NRF numbering system has been provided.


COOP is an effort within individual County departments to ensure continuity of their essential func tions 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 - or BCP.

-2018 COOP plan-

Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Mitigation Plan is a required plan that 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.

-See the Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Page-



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.

- See the RACES Page-