Local emergency responders, public safety departments and county and university-wide policy makers spent the past week training in Pullman with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to prepare for a catastrophic event on the Palouse.
Elizabeth King, emergency management coordinator for Washington State University, said the goal of the FEMA Integrated Emergency Management Course was to help bring individuals from the university, city and county together and organize a joint response to a disaster. Hundreds of organizations across the country apply to participate each year, but only 15 are selected for the federally funded program.
Participants included law enforcement from WSU, the Pullman Police Department, the Whitman County Sheriff’s Department and Washington State Patrol, along with representatives of Pullman and rural fire departments, area public works departments, public health districts, hospitals, Whitcom, the Pullman School District, Pullman Transit, WSU facilities, the National Weather Service, WSU communications and multiple policy makers from the university, city and county. Numerous other departments and individuals throughout the area and across the state were also present, along with evaluators and instructors from FEMA. MORE