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Record No: CB 118483    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 118483
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/8/2015
Ordinance No: Ord 124849
Title: An ORDINANCE related to the City's Emergency Management Program; adding Sections 10.02.045 and 10.02.047 to the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) to refine the roles and responsibilities of the Office of Emergency Management; and amending Sections 10.02.050, 10.02.060, 10.02.070, 10.02.080, 10.02.090, 10.02.100, and 10.02.110 of the SMC to accommodate these refinements.
Sponsors: Bruce Harrell
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Signed Ord 124849
CITY OF SEATTLE
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An ORDINANCE related to the City's Emergency Management Program; adding Sections 10.02.045 and 10.02.047 to the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) to refine the roles and responsibilities of the Office of Emergency Management; and amending Sections 10.02.050, 10.02.060, 10.02.070, 10.02.080, 10.02.090, 10.02.100, and 10.02.110 of the SMC to accommodate these refinements.
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WHEREAS, Seattle's emergency management program has evolved in the last ten years from a primarily first responder-focused program to a full-fledged whole community program including roles, responsibilities, training, and practice for nearly all City Departments and dozens of community partners; and
WHEREAS, the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter describing this program was enacted in the 1970s with only minor department name changes in the 2000s and no longer reflects the strength and breadth of the current program, which has grown to reflect the national standards for emergency management accreditation; and
WHEREAS, the Seattle emergency management program is seeking professional accreditation for its city-wide program; though there have been numerous improvements to the program over the last several years, there remains a need to amend the SMC to address specific areas necessary for compliance with emergency management accreditation standards; and
WHEREAS, Chapter 10.02 of the SMC addresses the establishment of the Disaster Management Committee but is silent as to the designation of an Office of Emergency Management or a designated individual responsible for that office and the City-wide program; and
WHEREAS, Emergency Management Accreditation Program Standard 3.2.1 states: "There shall be a designated emergency management agency, department or office established for the jurisdiction empowered with the authority to administer the emergency management program on behalf of the jurisdiction." Current...

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