Definition of an emergency: The definition of what constitutes an emergency and the subsequent waiving of competitive bidding requirements varies for different agencies, depending on state and local laws and policies. Generally, however, an emergency occurs when there are unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the agency that will likely result in any of the following if immediate action is not taken:
- Material loss or damage to property
- Bodily injury or loss of life
- A real or immediate threat to the proper performance of essential functions.
Washington state: In Washington state, emergencies are defined in RCW 39.04.280, although some specific types of agencies also have their own definitions for emergencies.
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