Many residents of the county have at one time or another, contemplated “how qualified are our elected officials”? Disasters like Hurricane Katrina have shown us what happens to local communities when their local officials are not up to the task of governance during extreme events. Here in Whatcom County numerous newly elected officials are participating today in training that will ensure that they have the skills needed to assist their jurisdictions during a disaster.
Whatcom Unified Emergency Management is instructing an Emergency Operations for Elected Officials/ Chief Administrators today at 2-4PM, and another class from 6-8PM, in Bellingham.
This two hour session helps to orient current and newly appointed/ elected civic officials to their role during emergency incidents. The elected officials who have committed to participate in the training will leave the course with the basic skills needed to lead/ assist their constituents in times of disaster.
Officials from Whatcom County, Port of Bellingham, City of Bellingham, City of Ferndale, Cemetery District 7, Columbia Valley Water District, Lynden School District, Columbia Valley Water District, City of Lynden, and the South Whatcom Fire Authority will be participating.