WABO Emergency Management


WABO’s Emergency Management committee has been working since 2011 to help establish Washington State’s building safety responder program.  Through their efforts WAsafe (WAshington Safety Assessment of Facilities Evaluators) was formed.  WAsafe  is a coalition comprised of WABO, SEAW, AIA Washington, and ASCE whose mission is to train, enroll, and aid in the dispatch of volunteer building safety evaluators to help local building officials in Washington respond to disasters. 

Through a historic cooperative effort between WA State Emergency Management Division (EMD) and WAsafe a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been established.  The MOU formally recognizes WAsafe as a resource the State can (and presumably, will) call upon to send volunteers to areas /jurisdictions affected by disasters. The MOU also establishes EMD’s central role in coordination of distribution of resources (volunteers) and WAsafe’s responsibility to maintain emergency response coordinators and continued training for agencies and WAsafe volunteers. 

 WAsafe - EMD Memorandum of Understanding


Interested in joining the network of professionals trained as WAsafe volunteers, ready to respond to communities in need across the state? 
Enroll today at waserv.org!

For details on how to enroll as a WAsafe volunteer and to see minimum qualifications, please click here.

WABO Emergency Response Call Out Procedures


 Emergency Management Committee Presentation

 "Why Us"


2016 WASafe Presentation

"Safety Assessment Facility Evaluators"


Mutual Aid Toolkit
(click on title to open document)

WABO Registered Building Safety Assessment Responders

Patrick Beaulieu, City of Seattle
Leif Bjorback, City of Edmonds
Tim Blevins, City of Seattle
Shane Cline, Member at Large
Ray Cockerham, City of Puyallup
Sue Coffman, City of Tacoma
Todd Cunningham, City of Bainbridge Island
Jennifer Eliuk, City of Bellevue
Robert Frisinger, Island County
Kirk Gentile, City of Burien
Rafik Gindy, City of Lakewood
Dana Herron, City of Milton
Darin Homchick, City of Bothell
Hoyt Jeter, City of Tacoma/Clarity Consulting
Michael Kolakowski, San Juan County
Justin Lauritzen, City of Bainbridge Island
Patrick Lawler, City of Woodinville
Michael McGivern, City of Kirkland
Kevin Meske, King County
Robert Meyers, City of Covington
Charles Miller, City of Bellevue
Michele Miller, City of Bellevue
Dermott Murphy, City of Spokane
Lewis "LG" Nelson, CPRS
Jeri Newbold, City of Vancouver
Michael Papahronis, Port of Seattle
Stephen Pennington, Department of Health
Gary Schenk, Retired
Jon Siu, Jon Siu Consulting LLC
Mark Sniffen, City of Mount Vernon
David Spencer, Chelan County
Angelie Stahlnecker, City of Fircrest
Quyen Thai, City of Tacoma
Peter Thompson, Stevens County
James Tumelson III, City of Edgewood
William VanDuine, City of Bothell

Proclamation of Building Safety Emergency Draft

Building Safety Emergency Termination Proclamation
Donated Resources
Eligibility of Building Inspections in Post Disaster Environment
Labor Costs for Emergency Work
Mutual Aid Agreements for Public Assistance
Public Assistance Insurance Considerations for Applicants
Washington Building Safety Mutual Aid
Power Point Presentation

House Bill 1406 Final
Letter to Elected Officials

Unsafe Placard - Red
Inspected Placard - Green
Restricted Use Placard - Yellow

Detailed Safety Assessment
Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessment Form