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. Learn more about us from this brochure and watch clips of our conversation with Gov. Jay Inslee.


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

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, May 9, 2019 – WECCWG
Location: Ferndale, WA – Silver Reef Casino
Sponsor: MSRC, Globalstar
Theme: CBRND (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Disasters)
Flyer: (PDF)
Agenda: (PDF)

Prior Meetings

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 – WECCWG
Location: Vancouver, WA
Sponsor:  AT&T and Cradlepoint
Theme:  Volcanos
Agenda (PDF)
Photos (PDF)

Presentations Available:

Brian Terbush (PDF)
Jim McCabe (PDF)
Neva Peckham (PDF)
Bruce Richter (PDF)
Laura Goudreau (PDF)
Ryan Carroll & Amber Blackmon (PDF)
Scott Burrows (PDF)

Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018
Location: Ellensburg, WA
Sponsor: Verizon – George & Curtis (PDF)  Samsung – Eric Augusto – Presentation (PDF)
Theme: Public Alert and Warning
Agenda (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)

Mileto Keynote
Presentations (Pt. 1): IPAWS, EAS, 911
Presentations (Pt. 2): AlertSense, Sprint Wireless EM, Variable Message Signs, CIEP

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Location: (PAEC) Federal Way Performing Arts Center
Sponsor: AT&T
Theme: Catastrophic Planning
Agenda (PDF)
Photos (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)
Presentations (Pt 1) by Ray Gross (Federal Way), Serena Segura (WA EMD), Tristan Allen (WA EMD), Tom Sharp (KCOEM)
Presentations (Pt 2) by  Clay Freinwald (EPIS), Laura Goudreau (FEMA) & Bill Peters (T-Mobile) & Sonim w/AT&T.
Presentations (Pt. 3) AT&T_FirstNet

Priority Telecommunications Services

Feb. 1, 2018
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
Sponsor: Harris Technology Communications, & Sprint Emergency Management
Theme: Earthquake/Tsunami
Agenda (PDF)
Photos (PDF)
Jared Eison (PDF)
Chris Utzinger (PDF)
Brian Terbush (PDF)
Robert Purdom (PDF)
ARES-RACES Panel - Monte Simpson, Frank Wolfe, George Boswell (PDF)
Jason Palmer (PDF)
Sprint Presentation (PDF)
HARRIS Technology (Tom Knapp & Guest speaker – Jason Palmer) (PDF)
Jeremy Hurd (PDF)
Adam Geisler (PDF)
David Matthews (PDF)
Tyree Wilde (PDF)

State Project Team

Catastrophic Emergency Communications Resiliency Planning

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