WSR 97-02-044



[December 29, 1996]

WHEREAS, a severe winter storm causing extensive power outages began on December 26, 1996 and another severe storm began on December 28, 1996 causing blizzard conditions and flooding in portions of Washington State, threatening the citizens of the state;

WHEREAS, the Washington State Military Department, following the state's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan is coordinating resources to support local officials in alleviating the immediate social and economic impacts to people and property and assessing the magnitude of the disaster. The severity and magnitude of the destruction from freezing rain, snow and ensuing flooding are beyond the capabilities of the affected political subdivisions;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mike Lowry, Governor of the state of Washington, as a result of the aforementioned situation and under RCW 43.06 and 38.52, do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exists in Clallam, Island, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan, Snohomish and Thurston Counties and direct the implementation of the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. State agencies and departments are directed to utilize state resources and to do everything possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to cope with the emergency. I also hereby order into active service the state of Washington National Guard, or such part thereof as may be necessary in the opinion of the Adjutant General to perform such duties as directed by competent authority. Additionally, the Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management is instructed to coordinate all state disaster-related assistance to the affected areas.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the state of Washington to be affixed at Olympia, this twenty-ninth day of December, A.D., nineteen hundred and ninety-six.

Mike Lowry


Governor of Washington


Ralph Munro


Secretary of State

Legislature Code Reviser


Washington State Code Reviser's Office