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City of Yakima Looks To Adopt New Emergency Management Plan

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Months after the city of Yakima cut ties with the county's Office of Emergency Management, city leaders now have a plan that would make Yakima a disaster resilient city. The city manager has already given his stamp of approval on this new plan that would Months after the city of Yakima cut ties with the county's Office of Emergency Management, city leaders now have a plan that would make Yakima a disaster resilient city. The city manager has already given his stamp of approval on this new plan that would
YAKIMA, WA-- Months after the city of Yakima cut ties with the county's Office of Emergency Management, city leaders now have a plan that would make Yakima a disaster resilient city. 

The city manager has already given his stamp of approval on this new plan that would prepare the city of Yakima for a major disaster like flood, disease, or even bio-terrorism, but now he has to officially adopt it at a meeting on Tuesday.

Washington State requires cities to establish and maintain a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, also known as a CEMP, in order to participate in other state and federal programs.

The plan city leaders in Yakima came up with provides a basis for coordinating emergency operations when it comes to potentially devastating disasters in the city.  This plan must be adopted, maintained, and resubmitted for state review every three years.

The plan for Yakima includes guidelines for preparing and dealing with things like floods, hazardous materials, a terrorism incident, animal disease of livestock, an airport incident, wild land fires, and even a volcanic eruption.

Once this plan is adopted, city leaders have to continue to update it and notify the state when any changes are made.

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