I’ve mentioned before that I had the honor of serving as a State Emergency Operations Officer from 2010 – 2012. Below is a picture with two of my fellow SEOOs, both very good men and officers. As you will see, the two men are surrounded by a bevy of phones, screens (each officer monitors six computer screens) and 38 different communications and computers systems.
Working out of the state’s 24/7 Alert & Warning Center at Camp Murray, Wash., Earl Dickey (left) and Jim Kadrmas keep the home fires burning in 2014. They are two of the state’s ten State Emergency Operations Officers, or SEOOs, who handled 4,803 missions last year. See story “Alert & Warning Center busy in 2013.”
These are the people who help protect you when a disaster or an emergency strikes. You won’t see them, you rarely will hear about them, but they are there 24/7/365 days and they care very much about you.