Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management
"Providing robust disaster mitigation, response, recovery, and public outreach to our Member Jurisdictions: Grandview, Granger, Harrah, Mabton, Moxee, Naches, Selah, Sunnyside, Tieton, Toppenish, Union Gap, Wapato, Yakima County, and Zillah."
Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management is currently undergoing a change in command. Scott Miller has retired effective March 31st and Kent Catlin has taken a position with Washington State Emergency Management Division. After interviewing multiple candidates Yakima County has hired Jeff Emmons and he will start May 22nd.
Yakima County Emergency Services Executive Board:
Yakima Valley office of Emergency Management is governed by the Yakima County Emergency Services Executive Board consisting of a Yakima County Commissioner, 4 mayors, the Yakima County Sheriff and the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management Director. The Sheriff is an ex-officio non-voting member of the executive board and emergency services council. The annual budget is written by the director and executive board and presented to the Yakima County Emergency Services Council for approval and recommendation to their respective councils.
Our History :
January 9th 1957 the Yakima County Civil Defense Council (consisting of the 14 communities in the County and the County Commissioners) approved a mutual aid pact by which the communities would assist each other in the event of a disaster and or nuclear strike by communist forces. Requests for such assistance in an emergency would be channeled through the office the County Civil Defense Coordinator.The council agreed each jurisdictions would contribute 25 cents per resident to support the County Civil Defense Office. By 1983 the County Civil Defense Office was transformed by the County Emergency Service Council into the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management. The updated agency was assigned additional collateral duties that included grant work, first responder tanning, disaster planning, as well as serving as the coordinating agency with the newly formed Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Washington State Division of Emergency Management.