The Whatcom Unified Emergency Operations 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.
Whatcom Unified Emergency Operations Center has three levels of activation:
“LEVEL I” -The Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center is engaged in normal program management and Duty Officers are serving normal week long duty rotations.
“LEVEL II” -The Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center is partially staffed and conducting hazard assessments, watch levels, and preparedness activities for ongoing events or events that may be imminent or occurring.
“LEVEL III” -The Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center is fully activated with the Whatcom Unified Incident Management Team staffing positions in support of local jurisdictions response activities.
Call 911 for life-threatening or other immediate public safety issues.
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.