Here is an official statement from the city of Seattle's website, As Part of Review of 2021 Budget, Mayor Durkan and Police Chief Best Announce Initial Actions to Transform the Seattle Police Department and Reimagine Community Safety
Here are some of the actions proposed to defund the Seattle Police Department:
Some might call this a shell game to find a way to tally up a bigger budget number for dollars no longer in the police department. Of all the items above, the only function that is "specifically not a law enforcement function" is the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). In the past, OEM has been shuffled around to this or that department. When originally created and staffed (early 1990s) it was in an administrative department.
A new "harm reduction department" isn't a bad idea. In emergency management terms, it would focus on prevention and mitigation -- which would be a refreshing change for the city of Seattle. Maybe they might try tackling the unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings that threaten to kill and maim low-income and minority populations who live there in order to have cheaper rents.
Lastly, for anyone who is an emergency manager and has budgets to manage, you're thinking, "Only $3.3M in the OEM budget? Remember these are city of Seattle dollars only. It is a microcosm of our national penchant for states and cities relying on the federal government to fund their internal emergency management responsibilities. I expect that the Seattle OEM budget can have additional funds coming from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants.