Washington State Homeland Security Region 9
Washington State Region 9 Homeland Security is the coordinating office for the 10 counties of Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman County as well as the Kalispell and Spokane Tribes. There are nine regions in the State of Washington. These Regions receive Federal Funding for Homeland Security, which was developed as a result of 9/11. This federal funding is in the form of a grant that has primarily addressed providing for all emergency responders (first responders) equipment, training and awareness. First Responders agencies are Fire, Law Enforcement, HAZMAT, EMS, Public Health, Hospitals, Public Works, and Communications.
The regions were established to provide planning and coordination support for the all-hazards environment.
Our Mission is to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on the people, property, economy and environment of Washington State Homeland Security Region 9 (Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman counties and the Kalispell and Spokane Tribes).
Our Vision is to be a Disaster Resilient Region. Individuals, communities, businesses, and governments implement appropriate hazard mitigation strategies, prepare for hazards and emergencies they cannot mitigate, and have effective response and recovery systems in place.
Our Core values are:
Partnership and Leadership
Promote a collaborative environment for sharing information, resources, assistance, and expertise.
Interoperable Systems that provide critical information in a timely fashion to those who need it and in a form that is easy to use and understand. Communication between counties without interruptions is vital to all.
A wide spectrum of prevention efforts which include intelligence and warning capabilities to ensure joint situational awareness, boarder security, domestic counterintelligence and hardening of infrastructure.
Protect our way of life by improving individual pieces and interconnecting systems that make up our critical infrastructure.
Emergency Preparedness/Response - Education & Training
“Trained, Equipped and Exercised”. Provide effective and comprehensive education for all first responders, emergency managers, citizens, volunteers and private sector entities.
Emergency Response & Recovery - Minimize Damage & Recovery from Attacks
The objective is to minimize damage and recover rapidly from any attacks. Encompass an all-hazards approach.
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