Membership Categories and Benefits

Full Member: All individuals professionally engaged in the emergency management field in the State of Washington in local, state, tribal and/or federal government, or in the private sector, business and industry shall be eligible for Active Membership. Each active Member shall have one vote.

Retiree: A retiree membership is available to any person who has retired from an active emergency management position. Retiree Members may participate in meetings, and discussions, and serve on committees.  Retiree Members may not serve as an executive board member or vote but may chair a committee. Retiree Members have the right to receive all WSEMA communications.

Student: Student membership is available to any student with emergency management interests attending a post-secondary institution in a fulltime or part-time capacity who is not also employed in a fulltime emergency management position. Student membership is also available to AmeriCorps VISTA members during their term of service while serving in the emergency management field.
Student members may participate in meetings and discussions and serve as members of committees, but cannot vote or hold an elected office or chair a committee. Student members can also serve as a liaison and have the right to receive all Association communications.

Lifetime: An honorary membership awarded to past-presidents of the organization who have since also retired from active permanent emergency management employment. Lifetime members may participate in meetings and discussions and serve as members of committees, but cannot vote or hold an elected office or chair a committee. Lifetime members have the right to receive all Association communications. This category of membership does not pay dues. No refund or dues shall be issued to current members based upon this classification.