The Emergency Management Committee is a committee of the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) tasked with facilitating the development of member jurisdictions’ emergency response & recovery efforts through information or resource sharing between member jurisdictions and other state or regional stakeholders. The committee is responsible to act as a liaison to represent and inform the membership in the efforts of various government agencies, local authorities, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders involved in emergency response and recovery.

The mission of the Emergency Management Committee is to support members in the development, implementation, and maintenance of comprehensive emergency management plans and procedures to effectively respond to events and expedite recovery. The overall goal of this mission is to help safeguard the lives and property of the people of Washington State and minimize disruption during emergencies through careful planning, coordination, and resource management.


  • Support members in the creation, implementation, and maintenance of an emergency response plan for their Building Department and their staff for responding to disasters within their jurisdictions.
  • Promote and coordinate disaster response training and emergency exercises.
  • Support the WAsafe Coalition in developing and maintaining a registry of qualified volunteer building safety evaluators who would be available to perform building safety evaluations following a disaster by:
    • Active participation in WAsafe Steering Committee meetings and projects.
    • Promotion of the WAsafe program, goals, and training with government agencies, local building officials and emergency managers, and other stakeholders.
    • Promoting recruitment of new building safety evaluators
  • Establish WABO as an active participant in statewide disaster mitigation planning 
            Continued participation with EMC, EMD, EMAC, and other stakeholders.
  • Provide information, and assistance to all regional stakeholders, when requested, regarding jurisdictional roles in emergency response.