WSR 00-14-025

PROCLAMATION

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR


[ June 28, 2000 ]

WHEREAS, a wild fire on the Hanford Site spread off the site resulting in a Benton County Emergency Declaration occurring on June 28, 2000, threatening citizens and property of Washington State;


WHEREAS, winds and weather in area change often;


WHEREAS, the wild fire has already caused the destruction of some homes and has the potential to cause injuries to the citizens and additional property in Benton County and the City of Richland;


WHEREAS, Benton County requested National Guard support to provide security and crowd control, additional fire fighting resources and other additional resources as needed;


WHEREAS, the Washington State Military Department 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, and property, and is assessing the magnitude of the event;


WHEREAS, the Adjutant General has authorized mobilization of fire service resources under chapter 38.54 RCW and the Washington State Military Department has activated the state Emergency Operations Center, and implemented response procedures, and the Washington State Patrol Fire Protection Bureau is coordinating resources to support local officials in alleviating the immediate social and economic impacts to people, and property, and is assessing the magnitude of the event;


WHEREAS, under the provisions of RCW 43.06.220, I do hereby authorize Washington Emergency Management to establish Food Control Areas around the areas likely to have been contaminated above protective action guidelines. The Washington State Departments of Health and Agriculture are authorized to issue food embargoes for the Food Control Area to reduce the possibility of adulterated food from leaving the Food Control Area. Law enforcement agencies are authorized to stop and inspect vehicles departing an identified Food Control Area and to direct the vehicle operators to return food produced or grown to its point of origin within the Food Control Area; and


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Locke, Governor of the state of Washington, as a result of the aforementioned situation and under chapters 38.08, 38.24, 38.52, 38.54, and 43.06, do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exists in Benton County and direct the supporting plans and procedures to the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan be implemented. This Proclamation supercedes Fire Mobilization Mission Number 001530-Hanford Fire, declared by the Adjutant General on June 28, 2000 at 7:40 p.m. Funding and resourcing authority reverts to the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. State agencies and departments are directed to utilize state resources and to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the event. I also hereby order into active state service the 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 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 28th day of June, A.D., Two Thousand.
Gary Locke


Governor of Washington


BY THE GOVERNOR:


Donald F. Whiting


Assistant Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office