WHEREAS, flooding and slides are causing extensive damage to homes, businesses, infrastructure, and public utilities in Thurston, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, and Pacific counties;
WHEREAS, the Washington State Military Department, following the state's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, has activated the state Emergency Operations Center, implemented response procedures, and is coordinating resources to support local officials in alleviating the immediate social and economic impacts to people, property, and infrastructure, and is assessing the magnitude of the disaster. The severity and magnitude of the destruction from the severe weather, flooding, and slides are beyond the response and recovery capabilities of the affected political subdivisions;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Locke, Governor of the state of Washington, as a result of the aforementioned situation and under Chapters 38.08, 38.52, and 43.06 RCW, do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exists in Thurston, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, and Pacific counties, and direct the supporting plans and procedures to the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan be implemented. State agencies and departments are directed to use state resources and do everything possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the events. Additionally, the Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management Division, is instructed to coordinate all event-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 2nd day of March, A.D., Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Nine.|
Governor of Washington
BY THE GOVERNOR:
Secretary of State