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Thurston County, Washington

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Emergency Management

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and Emergency Support Functions (ESFs)

The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) guides the county’s actions before, during, and after a disaster. It defines who does what, when, where and how, in order to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of natural, technological and human-caused hazards.

The CEMP consists of the basic plan, functional annexes and hazard- or incident-specific annexes. The basic plan was adopted June 29, 2021. Functional annexes will be reviewed and updated on a 4-year cycle.

The basic plan provides an overview of the county's preparedness and response strategies. It describes expected hazards, outlines department roles and responsibilities, and explains how the county keeps the plan current. The functional annexes focus on missions. These annexes describe the actions, roles and responsibilities of participating organizations. Functional annexes discuss how the county manages the function before, during and after the emergency, as well as identifying organizations responsible to lead and support the implementation of the function.

​ ​ESF Schedule for Review/Update
​1 Transportation ​Updated 8/2018
​2 Communications ​​Updated 12/2021

Public Works and Engineering Debris Management Plan

​​Updated 8/2023
​4 Firefighting ​​Updated 3/2016

Information & Planning

Updated 12/2021
​6 Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing & Human Services ​​Updated 12/2022
​7 Logistics Management and Resource Support ​​Updated 11/2018
​8 Public Health and Medical Services ​​Updated 12/2018
​9 Search & Rescue ​​Updated 4/2016
​10 Oil and Hazardous Materials Response ​​Updated 10/2018
​11 Agriculture and Natural Resources ​​Updated 12/2022


  • (Attachment A)
​​Updated 10/2018

​Public Safety and Security

Updated 2/2021

External Affairs

​​Updated 11/2018