Welcome to the Division of Emergency Management
The Mason County Division of Emergency Management (DEM) became part of the Support Services Department effective January 1, 2014. DEM is responsible for the preparation, mitigation, response and recovery from any and all hazards that might impact Mason County. Under RCW 38.52 - "Each political subdivision of this state is hereby authorized and directed to establish a local organization or to be a member of a joint local organization for emergency management in accordance with the state comprehensive emergency management plan and program:"
Section 2.19.010 of the Mason County codes states that the purpose of DEM is to:
“…provide for the preparation and carrying out of plans for multiple hazards and emergency support functions for the protection and benefit of persons and property within this county and to provide for the coordination of emergency response with all other federal, state, local, and public agencies, private persons, corporations, and organizations pursuant to RCW Chapter 38.52, Emergency Management. (Ord. 19-99 (part), 1999)” and is defined in section 2.19.020 as:
“Emergency management” or “emergency services” means the preparation for and carrying out of all emergency functions, other than functions for which the military forces are primarily responsible, to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters, and to aid victims suffering from injury or damage, resulting from disasters caused by all hazards, whether natural or technological (man-made), and to provide support for other emergency response such as search and rescue operations. However, “emergency management” or “emergency services” does not mean preparation for emergency evacuation or relocation of residents in anticipation of nuclear attack. (Ord. 19-99 (part), 1999).
To endeavor to minimize the impacts of emergencies and disasters on the people, property, environment, and economy of Mason County and the region through preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.