This plan is applicable to the City of Spokane, the City of Spokane Valley, the City of Cheney, the City of Deer Park, the City of Liberty Lake, the City of Medical Lake, the City of Airway Heights, the Town of Fairfield, the Town of Latah, the Town of Millwood, the Town of Rockford, the Town of Spangle, the Town of Waverly, and unincorporated communities and neighborhoods of Spokane County.
The Spokane Department of Emergency Management sincerely appreciates the cooperation and support from those agencies, departments, and local jurisdictions that have contributed to the revision and publication of the 2009 Spokane Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). Coordination of the Plan represents a committed and concerted effort by agencies and local jurisdictions to emergency management. The Plan demonstrates the ability of a large number of agencies to work together to achieve a common goal. The CEMP is intended as a comprehensive framework for local mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
The Spokane Emergency Management Office coordinated with local groups to provide a forum for those with identified responsibilities in the CEMP. They participated in planning and coordinating emergency management activities in order to identify, develop, maintain, and enhance local emergency management capabilities. The CEMP is one of the many efforts to prepare all people in Spokane and Washington State for emergencies or disasters. The CEMP is formatted to be consistent with the Federal Response Framework complete with Emergency Support Functions (ESFs), or single function activity. This is to standardize plans and to provide interoperability between local, state, and federal levels of government. The Plan stresses the four phases of emergency management to accentuate that we are at all times emergency managers. The CEMP moves us one step closer to being able to minimize the impacts of emergencies and disasters on people, property, economy, and the environment of Spokane.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich
Director of Emergency Management
Deputy Director Emergency Management