About ESCA

ESCA Emergency Contact Information

During normal business hours:

The Emergency Services Coordinating Agency may be reached at (425) 776-3722.

After normal business hours:

ESCA may be contacted for emergencies by calling the SnoCom Administration office or 9-1-1, and requesting that ESCA Staff be paged.

Mailing address:

     2901 228th Street SW, Ste. A
     Brier, WA  98036

ESCA Information and History

In 1984, the Emergency Services Coordinating Agency (ESCA) was created by interlocal agreement between participating cities. The agency currently serves the cities of Brier, Edmonds, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Woodinville and Woodway. ESCA is funded on a per capita basis through the city’s regular budgets with approximately 18% of the funding provided through federal grants.

ESCA serves as the emergency management agency for each of its member cities. In cooperation with each city’s disaster coordinator, ESCA staff provides direction and coordination in the development and maintenance of these cities emergency operations plans and provide for coordination with outside agencies and organizations involved in emergency planning. ESCA also develops and maintains its own emergency procedures, works with outside agencies such as 911 dispatch centers, American Red Cross, hospitals, schools and public utilities to coordinate emergency response and provides public education classes.

The agency manages a variety of emergency management related tasks including state and federal mandates. These include programs such as SARA Title III, which includes the administration of federal hazardous materials planning and community right to know requirements, maintaining critical communication links such as the Emergency Alert Systems and CEMNET and development of emergency back up communication systems to support the overall disaster response efforts at the local level.

During times of emergency ESCA staff manage the ESCA Emergency Operations Center in order to provide a coordination point between local, state and federal agencies for support to ESCA cities. ESCA coordinates resources utilized between member cities and provides resource acquisition and deployment from outside sources based on the needs of each individual city. The agency also coordinates emergency back-up communications and develops and releases emergency public information. ESCA has direct access to emergency support agencies such as Washington State Emergency Management, state agencies, National Guard, public and private utilities, Red Cross, Salvation Army and other volunteer emergency service organizations who provide support activities during major emergencies and disasters.

During the recovery period immediately following a disaster the ESCA Director will provide assistance to member cities with disaster recovery paperwork, mitigation grants and coordinate the establishment of Disaster Assistance Centers to support individual citizen and overall community recovery efforts.

ESCA Staff

ESCA has a total of four employees.

  • Lyn Gross, Director
  • Chandra Fox, Emergency Coordinator
  • Vickie Fontaine, Program Assistant

In 2009, ESCA became the only emergency management agency in Washington State to have all professional staff certified as “Certified Emergency Managers,” or CEMs.

The CEM designation is earned in not less than three years, and is only awarded upon the successful completion of each of the following components:

  1. Emergency management experience. Three years by date of application. Comprehensive experience must include participation in a full-scale exercise or actual disaster. Three professional references. Including current supervisor.
  2. Education. Any 4-year baccalaureate degree; or additional experience may be substituted to satisfy this requirement, 2 years per 30 college credits up to the 120 credits comprising most baccalaureates.
  3. Training. 100 contact hours in emergency management training and 100 hours in general management training. Note: No more than 25% of hours can be in any one topic.
  4. Contributions to the profession. Six separate contributions in areas such as professional membership, speaking, publishing articles, serving on volunteer boards or committees and other areas beyond the scope of the emergency management job requirements.
  5. Comprehensive emergency management essay. Real-life scenarios are provided, and response must demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities as listed in the essay instructions.
  6. Multiple-choice examination. Candidates sit for the 100-question exam after their initial application and the other requirements are satisfied. A pamphlet is available further describing format and sources.

For more information about the CEM program, please see the website for the International Association of Emergency Managers, www.iaem.com.