The Whatcom Unified Emergency Operations Center is a partnership between the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management, the Port of Bellingham and the City of Bellingham’s Office of Emergency Management to coordinate emergency management in all of Whatcom County.
The Whatcom County Sheriff is the Director for Emergency Management in Whatcom County. The Deputy Director handles the day-to-day operations of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management. Within Whatcom County an Emergency Management Council is created under an Interlocal Agreement is in place to provide consolidated Emergency Management services to the political jurisdictions within the County. Council members pay for the service based on civic population and include the Cities of Lynden, Sumas, Everson, Nooksack, Ferndale, Blaine. The County, and the Port of Bellingham pay into this effort as well. The Council is chaired by the County Executive, and the vice-chair is the Sheriff. Council members attend meetings, vote on issues, as well as give guidance to the management of the Division.
The City of Bellingham is not part of the Council, nor do they pay into it for services. The Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center was started as an unfunded, unofficial agreement of emergency management partnership between the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management and the City of Bellingham’s Office of Emergency Management. The County and the City share office space and duty officers together. This partnership plays an important role in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters in our community.
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