2SHB 1728
As of March 31, 2023
Title: An act relating to creating a statewide resiliency program.
Brief Description: Creating a statewide resiliency program.
Sponsors: House Committee on Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Donaghy, Rule, Reeves, Morgan, Ramel, Reed and Leavitt).
Brief History: Passed House: 3/4/23, 68-28.
Committee Activity: State Government & Elections: 3/14/23, 3/24/23 [DP-WM, DNP].
Ways & Means: 3/31/23.
Brief Summary of Bill
  • Requires the Military Department to develop and administer a disaster resilience program.
Majority Report: Do pass and be referred to Committee on Ways & Means.
Signed by Senators Hunt, Chair; Valdez, Vice Chair; Hasegawa and Kuderer.
Minority Report: Do not pass.
Signed by Senators Wilson, J., Ranking Member; Dozier and Fortunato.
Staff: Danielle Creech (786-7412)
Staff: Tianyi Lan (786-7432)

The Military Department, under the direction of the Adjutant General, administers the state's comprehensive program of emergency management. The Adjutant General is responsible for developing a comprehensive, all-hazard emergency plan for the state, known as the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, that includes an analysis of natural, technological, or human-caused hazards and procedures to coordinate state and local resources in responding to such hazards. 


The Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD) leads and coordinates mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in Washington State to minimize the impact of disasters and emergencies on the people, property, environment and economy.

Summary of Bill:

Subject to appropriations, EMD within the Military Department must develop and administer a disaster resilience program. This program should include methods for ongoing coordination of state and local disaster resilience and response activities, including:

  • coordination of funding to maximize investments;
  • serving as a public and private disaster resilience resource center;
  • enhancing interagency collaboration, education and outreach; and
  • identifying and leveraging respective roles, authorities, and expertise of agencies.


The program should also include strategies for addressing the impacts of all hazards, both natural and human-caused, including:

  • developing, coordinating and communicating disaster resilience initiatives and projects across state agencies and local governments on hazards and issues where there is not another lead agency for coordinating resilience activities, including projects that give special consideration to exclave communities;
  • conducting policy research and recommendations related to enhancing disaster resilience;
  • coordinating research, data collection, and analysis;
  • researching economic tools to address disaster resilience; and
  • recommending investments to mitigate disaster risks from all threats and hazards.

Finally, the program should include participating and collaborating in interagency efforts to advance statewide climate resilience activities under integrated climate response strategy statutes, including collaborating on the development of a statewide strategy and identifying opportunities to leverage funding to advance solutions that improve the resilience of communities, infrastructure, and ecosystems.


Before July 1, 2025, EMD must provide a report to the Governor and the Legislature on the overall progress of disaster resilience efforts for the hazards and issues where there is not another lead agency for coordinating resilience activities. Each agency with responsibility for resilience activities, including but not limited to the Department of Ecology, Department of Health, Washington technology solutions, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Commerce, is encouraged to include an update on its efforts and any associated policy recommendations as an appendix to the report.

Appropriation: None.
Fiscal Note: Available.
Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony (State Government & Elections):

PRO: We learned from the pandemic that we as a state are not prepared for a disaster with such wide-reaching impacts. We live in a state that faces many hazards, both natural and human-caused. We have a number of resilience programs but they largely focus on climate change. It is also important and critical to focus on agency response to disasters. This bill requires our emergency management division to focus on what we need so that when we face a disaster, we can save lives. We as a state face fires, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions among many other potential disasters. This bill allows us to prepare for these events

Persons Testifying (State Government & Elections): PRO: Representative Brandy Donaghy, Prime Sponsor; Sharon Wallace, Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying (State Government & Elections): No one.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony (Ways & Means):


Persons Testifying (Ways & Means): No one.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying (Ways & Means): No one.