The Emergency Management Council (Council) advises the Governor and the Adjutant General on all matters pertaining to state and local emergency management.
The Council must prepare an annual assessment of statewide emergency preparedness, including, specific progress on hazard mitigation and reduction efforts, implementation of seismic safety improvements, reduction of flood hazards, and coordination of hazardous materials planning and response activities. The Council must also review administrative rules governing state and local emergency management practices and recommend necessary revisions to the Adjutant General.
The Council is limited to 18 members appointed by the Adjutant General. The membership of the Council includes, but is not limited to, representatives of:
The Council members elect a chair from within the Council membership. The Council may appoint ad hoc committees, subcommittees, and working groups required to develop specific recommendations to improve emergency management practices, standards, policies, or procedures.
The members of the Council serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
The membership of the Council includes two representatives of federally recognized tribes. The maximum membership of the Council is 21 members total.
As compared to the original bill, the striking amendment increases the limit for total Council members by one to 21 total members.
(In support) Current statute takes a broad, multidisciplinary approach to directing the composition of the Council, but tribal representation is currently not included.
A tribal voice has been absent from the Council. Our natural physical environment is a shared environment, and disasters are not contained to artificial boundaries. The Council and state would benefit from expanding the Council membership to include two tribal members.
If the bill is enacted, the Washington Military Department and the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs would nominate, select, and appoint the new members of the Council as a part of a collaborative and inclusive process with the tribes.
An amendment may be needed to align this bill with a separate bill that also modifies the membership of the Council.
The bill comes with no fiscal cost.