History: The Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center was originally used by the Department of Homeland Security for use as a federal, state, and local coordination center for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Vancouver. Two years following the end of the Olympics in Vancouver, Whatcom County, the Port of Bellingham and the City of Bellingham, along with major support from BP Cherry Point, Phillips 66, Kinder Morgan and Shell Anacortes, the Coordination Center was opened thanks to the hard work and support of elected officials in Whatcom County, the City of Bellingham, and the Port of Bellingham, including Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo, Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws, Mayor of Bellingham Kelli Linville, and the Executive Director for the Port of Bellingham Rob Fix.
Facility Purpose: The Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center is sized to handle up to 300 Local, State, Federal and Private Sector response personnel who could potentially respond to a local natural, technological and man-made emergency or crisis events. It is available on a 24/7 basis for emergency situations and when not activated the Center is a venue for local first responder trainings, meetings, and exercises.
Facility Use: The front offices serve as office space for both the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management and the City of Bellingham’s Office of Emergency Management. The remaining space is maintained and ready on a 24 / 7 basis as a Coordination Center or Operations Center, including conference and breakout rooms. The facility has adequate parking and is located adjacent to the Bellingham International Airport as well as numerous hotels and restaurants.
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