ESF 2 Information Technology Division Washington Military Department

Washington Emergency
Communications Coordination
Working Group (WECCWG)


To forge and strengthen our public, private and tribal partnerships to enhance emergency communications statewide.


A community of professionals working together to provide reliable and resilient emergency communications throughout Washington state in times of crisis.


1. Understand the threats we face in Washington state

  • Natural (Earthquake, Wildfires, Wind and Ice Storms, Flooding, Avalanche, Landslide, Volcano, Tornado, Tsunami)
  • Technological (Cyber, Hazardous Materials, Pipelines, Public Health, Terrorism, Urban Fire, Dam Safety, Public Events, Outages)

2. Know one another

  • Establish and maintain active relationships
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of what each entity provides to the larger picture
  • Strive to know our interdependencies
  • Identify and understand private, tribal and public sector response priorities & timelines
  • Know who, how and when to call
  • Develop the expectations and ability to share situational awareness among partners

3. Plan and exercise together

  • Prepare partners with realistic scenarios and expectations
  • Figure out interoperability challenges before disasters strike
  • Overcome information sharing challenges
  • Identify/establish and refine policies, guidelines and/or agreements for companies, governments and tribes to work together

4. Establish and maintain Washington state ESF 2 roster

  • Document our experts, how to reach them and when/where they will be needed
  • Ensure all partners understand ICS/NIMS and ESF 2 
  • Recommend trainings and job aids
  • Ensure all partners understand activation levels, procedures and limitations for various EOCs/ECCs
  • Review/update the CEMP, ESF 2 Annex and other public communication documents

5. Seek out and engage other contributors

  • Routinely identify other contributors
  • Provide opportunities for expanded participation
  • Recruit other participants
  • Market and showcase WECCWG

Learn more with our Brochure

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Location: Quinault Beach Resort and Casino – Ocean Shores, WA
Registration:  Survey Monkey --
Sponsor: Harris Technology Communications, & Sprint Emergency Management
Theme: Earthquake/Tsunami
Agenda (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Location: TBD
Sponsor: TBD
Theme: Flooding

Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018
Location: TBD
Sponsor: TBD
Theme: Wind/Ice Storms

Prior Meetings

Kick off Meeting
Sept. 28, 2016 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College
Purpose and Vision (PDF)
Big Picture (PDF)
Emergency Response Planning (PDF)
National & Regional ESF-2 (PDF)
Washington OneNet (PDF)

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Brockey Center at South Seattle College
Sponsor: AT&T
Theme: Cyber
Flyer (PDF)
Agenda (PDF)

Opening Slides (PDF)
Office of Cybersecurity Response Capabilities (PDF)
Evolution of Security (PDF)
Cyber Capabilities Brief (PDF)
Cyber Reef (PDF)
Cyber Reef Bio (PDF)
Community Cybersecurity (PDF)

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, Spokane, WA
Sponsor: Sprint
Theme: Wildfires
Agenda (PDF)
Spring Flyer (PDF)
Round Table Discussions (Word)

Mayor Soo-Ing-Moody
EOC – Wildland Fire – EOC Operations 2017
Monte Simpson – TERT Presentation
Casey Muilenburg – Sprint sponsor – 2017 ERT Wildfire
Jill Jones & Jarrod Nordloh (DNR)
Bob Tobin (NOAA)
Ed Lewis (Type 1 Incident Command)
Randy August (Colville Tribe) - Emergency Coms 2015 Fires

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Location: Red Lion Richland Hanford House, 802 George Washington Way Richland, WA
Sponsor: Whenever Communications, 2830 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106, 1-619-618-8363
Theme: Radiological Hazard
Flyer (PDF)
Agenda (PDF)
Steven Williams – General area & Radiological Threat Overview – Radiological Hazards (PDF)
Panel - PUREX overview (Michelle Anderson-Moore, Deanna Davis, Sean Davis Steven Williams) – Purex Incident (PDF)
Panel - Area EM & Emergency Comms Overview (Valerie Eveland, Deana Davis, Sean Davis Steven Williams) – Siren Maps (PDF)
Eric Talman – Sponsor (Whenever Communications-Satellite PhoneStore) – Satellite Phone Store (PDF)
Casey Muilenburg – Sprint Sponsor – Sprint WA TriCities – Sprint PDF
Shelley Westall (FirstNet); Chris White (DHS) - FEMA Region Updates (No presentations)
Dr. Walter R. Magnussen Jr. – CAUSE V – Presentation (PDF)

State Project Team

Catastrophic Emergency Communications Resiliency Planning

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