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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

La Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de Pacific County Probara el Sistema de Notificación de Emergencia el 5 de Agosto, 2016



South Bend, Washington –  En un esfuerzo por asegurar que la mayor cantidad de personas sean alcanzadas durante una emergencia, la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de Pacific County (PCEMA) está trabajando con su contratista de notificación de emergencia para enviar mensajes de alerta de emergencia en inglés y en español.  Hyper-Reach, una parte de The Asher Group, ha agregado una característica al sistema de notificación de emergencia (conocido como “inverso 911”) de Pacific County el cual le permitirá a la persona que está recibiendo la llamada el poder presionar 1 para inglés o 2 para español.  Esto le permitirá a PCEMA el poder alcanzar a una porción de la populación a la cual previamente era muy difícil de notificar de una emergencia de forma efectiva.

Aunque ningún sistema de notificaciones es 100% efectiva, PCEMA utiliza un sin número de sistemas acodadas para asegurar que la mayor cantidad posible de personas sean notificadas en el evento de una emergencia.  Proveer información precisa a las comunidades de Habilidad de Ingles Limitada (LEP) alrededor del estado ha sido una meta de los directores de emergencia en todos los niveles por bastante tiempo.  PCEMA lucha por estar al frente de estas metas.

La Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de Pacific County ha estado probando este sistema internamente y ahora está anunciando planes para una prueba del sistema por todo el condado el 5 de Agosto, comenzando a las 10 a.m.  Como la prueba será por todo el condado, podrá tomar algo de tiempo para completarla.  Invitamos y animamos al público de que comparta con nosotros sus reacciones.

Para registrar su celular, su teléfono de Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), o su correo electrónico, visite la siguiente pagina https://secure.hyper-reach.com/comsignupw.jsp?id=40685.  Para más información o detalles, favor de contactar a Scott McDougall, Deputy Director, por correo electrónico a smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us o por teléfono al (360)642-9338 o (360)875-9338.


Pacific County Emergency Management Agency to Test Emergency Notification System August 5, 2016



South Bend, Washington –  In an effort to ensure the maximum number of people are reached during an emergency, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is working with its emergency notification contractor to deliver emergency alert messages in both English and Spanish. Hyper-Reach, a part of The Asher Group, has added a feature to the Pacific County emergency notification system (commonly referred to as “reverse 911”) which allows call recipients to press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish. This allows PCEMA to reach a segment of the population that was previously difficult to effectively notify of emergencies.

While no notification system can ever be 100% effective, PCEMA utilizes a number of layered systems to ensure that as many people as possible are notified in the event of an emergency. Providing accurate information to the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) communities around the state has been a goal of emergency managers at every level for some time. PCEMA strives to be on the forefront of these efforts.

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been testing this system internally and is now announcing plans to test the system county-wide on August 5, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Because the test will be county-wide it may take some time to complete. We invite and encourage feedback from the public. 

To register your cellular or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone or an email address to receive notifications go to the following website https://secure.hyper-reach.com/comsignupw.jsp?id=40685. For further information or details please contact Scott McDougall, Deputy Director smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or (360) 642 or 875-9338.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sobreviviendo a tsunamis en Chile, Japón y Long Beach

South Bend, Washington –  On Thursday July 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting “Sobreviviendo a tsunamis en Chile, Japón y Long Beach” an hour long presentation about recent tsunami events in Chile and Japan, as well as how to survive a similar event on the Long Beach Peninsula.
This presentation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Seaview. PCEMA will be specifically reaching out to the Spanish speaking population throughout the region. The session will be presented in Spanish only.
Presenters will include Marco Cisternas from the Universídad Católica de Valparaiso. Professor Cisternas has been studying Chilean earthquake and tsunami hazards for much of the past 30 years. He has done much public outreach along the way. He engages audiences with evidence and insights delivered with charm and wit.
Lisa Ely is on the faculty of Central Washington University. Professor Ely has field experience with geological evidence for extreme riverine floods in India and Oregon, in addition to her work with Chilean earthquake and tsunami geology. She has recently spoken on tsunamis in a lecture tour, sponsored by the Geological Society of America, that took her to various parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Brian Atwater from the United States Geological Survey and Affiliate Professor with University of Washington Earth and Space Sciences, will also be presenting. Manuel Lugo from the Washington Emergency Management Division and Scott McDougall and Chief Deputy Stephanie Fritts from the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be on hand to provide local information.
For more information contact Scott McDougall, Deputy Director Pacific County Emergency Management Agency at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or (360) 642 or 875-9338.

Sobreviviendo a tsunamis en Chile, Japón y Long Beach

South Bend, Washington – El jueves el 21 julio, 2016 a las 7:00 pm la agencia de Manejo de Emergencias del Pacific County (PCEMA) tendrá una hora larga presentación sobre los recientes eventos de tsunami en Chile y Japón “Sobreviviendo a tsunamis en Chile, Japón y Long Beach.” Así como la forma de sobrevivir a un evento similar en la Península de Long Beach.

La presentación estará en la iglesia católica de St. Mary en Seaview. PCEMA será dirigidos específicamente a la población de habla hispana en toda la región. La sesión se presentará sólo en español.
Los presentadores incluyen Marco Cisternas de la universidad católica de Valparaiso. Profesor Cisternas ha estudiado terremotos de Chile y los peligros de tsunamis por la mayoridad de los últimos 30 años. Se ha hecho mucho alcance público a lo largo del camino. Se involucra al público con pruebas y puntos de vista que se entregan con encanto e ingenio.

Lisa Ely está en la facultad de la universidad de Central Washington. La profesora Ely tiene experiencia de campo con las pruebas geológicas de inundaciones fluviales extremas en la India y Oregon; además su trabajo con los terremotos de Chile y la geología tsunami. Ella ha hablado recientemente sobre los tsunamis en una serie de conferencias, patrocinado por la Sociedad Geológica de América, que se la llevó a varias partes de América Latina y el Caribe.

Brian Atwater del estudio geológico de los Estados Unidos y el profesor afiliado con la Universidad de Washington Tierra y Ciencias del Espacio, también va a presentar. Manuel Lugo del División de Manejo de Emergencias de Washington y Scott McDougall y Director Adjunto Stephanie Fritts de la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias del Pacific County estará a su disposición para proporcionar información local.


Para más información contactar a Scott McDougall, Director Adjunto de la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de Pacific County: mcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us o (360) 642 o 875-9338.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Phone Service in Naselle Interrupted



South Bend, Washington – Wahkiakum West Telephone notified the Pacific County 911 Center that all phone service to the Naselle area is currently unavailable. 

The Pacific County 911 Center has conducted tests and has determined that some 911 service and some telephone service exists, and has concluded that the degree of the reported outage and length of the reported outage remains uncertain. 

The 911 Center has notified the Naselle Fire Department and EMS personnel of the situation. 




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Friday, June 3, 2016

NWS Upgrades Excessive Heat Watch to Warning


South Bend, Washington –  The National Weather Service in Portland has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Willapa Hills in eastern Pacific County. This warning is in effect from 10:00 a.m. Saturday June 4, 2016 until 10:00p.m. on Sunday June 5, 2016.  

Temperatures are forecast to reach 90-100 degrees. Record high temperature are predicted for the area with humidity to begin rising on Sunday. The hot weather will create stress for anyone outdoors and involved in physical activity, as well as those not acclimated to the heat and the elderly. Do not leave children in your vehicle.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing and stay hydrated. Ensure your pets have shelter and water. 

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency to Participate in Cascadia Rising


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has a long history of advocating for individual and community preparedness and endeavoring to educate the residents of Pacific County on how to prepare for a major disaster such as, a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and subsequent tsunami. In June, PCEMA will be participating in a Functional Exercise to gauge the agency’s level of preparedness and its ability to support a response to such an event. A functional exercise differs from a full scale exercise, in that, during a full-scale exercise there are actual “boots on the ground” carrying out specific missions.

The Cascadia Rising Functional Exercise, which will be conducted June 7-10, 2016 will give the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency the opportunity to evaluate its ability to coordinate a response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone event.  Individuals from nearly every branch of Pacific County Government will staff the Emergency Operations Center in South Bend on June 8th and June 9th and will coordinate with response partners from all over Pacific County, as well as the National Guard, the Washington State Emergency Management Division, various military, and the United States Coast Guard. On June 7 and on June 10, the Pacific County EOC will operate with PCEMA staff only to support operations in other agencies and areas.

Communication will be supported by the Pacific County RACES, a robust group of amateur radio operators that may be able to establish communications when all traditional methods of communication have failed. Not only is this group capable of establishing communication with civil authorities around the state, they have also been developing an ability to communicate directly with the military. The RACES group has proven to be an invaluable part of the PCEMA team.

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency encourages individuals to take the time during this exercise to discuss (with your family, neighbors, and friends) and evaluate your personal preparedness and how you would respond to such an event. Please use the checklist below, provided courtesy of Chuck Wallace at Grays Harbor Department of Emergency Management.




CASCADIA RISING
June 7-10, 2016

Scenario: A 9.0 magnitude earthquake lasting 4-5 minutes with numerous large aftershocks.  A minimum of 4 tsunami waves, 4-6 feet of subsidence and major liquefaction issues.

Do you truly know and understand the impacts to your community?

1.       What is the expected damage and status of infrastructure (e.g., buildings, roads, schools, police and fire stations and utilities)?

2.       What are expected damages to residential and business structures?

3.       Communication - How will you accomplish it and to whom will you speak?

4.       Are you and your neighbors aware of the dynamics and possible site specific impacts of earthquake and/or tsunami?  Have you considered multiple aftershocks, landslides, subsidence, liquefaction, or severe weather?

5.       Have you identified possible safe havens, assembly and/or shelters, along with possible alternative sites?  Does your family, friends and neighbors know this information? What will you do with your pets?

6.       Have you discussed the possibility of casualties in your community due to earthquakes? How and where will the injured be cared for?

7.       What essential services do you believe will be available (if any)?

8.       What is your expectation of time needed to restore these services?

9.       What community resources might be available to use? (CERT Teams, faith-based groups etc.)

10.   What resources do you believe you will need on day 1, day 4, day7, day 10 & 15 at your location? (Consider food, shelter, generators, fuel, and medical)

11.   What is your expectation of a time period before assistance begins to arrive?

12.   Based upon your answers, what kind of training and/or assistance would you like to see offered in your community to help prepare for disaster?
           
After discussing with your friends and neighbors, please send your responses along with your name and a contact number or e-mail to:   Scott McDougall, Deputy Director smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or FAX to (360) 875-9342

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

AHAB Siren Updates: Volunteers Sought

PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall and Jessica Rowlett the PCEMA AmeriCorps Service Member visited North Cove yesterday to monitor and verify that the AHAB Sirens in the North Cove area activated properly as part of the monthly test that occurs on the first Monday of each month. Each month we have a network of volunteers that report on the status of each siren. At this time, we are seeking volunteers to monitor sirens in the North Cove vicinity. If you are interested, please contact Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us.

There are 18 sirens located in coastal locations throughout Pacific County. All 18 activated properly during yesterday’s test.  The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency and the Washington State Emergency Management Division monitor these sirens through online silent testing and diagnostic programs on a daily basis and siren maintenance is an ongoing and nearly constant process.

Many people noticed yesterday that four sirens on the Long Beach Peninsula activated “late”. The signal activating the sirens is sent at noon or as close to noon as possible and it is sent only once. Siren activation times depend on the total amount of satellite traffic as well as atmospheric conditions and can vary by a few minutes from point to point.

The question has been raised: does this shorten my time to respond in the case of an emergency? The answer to that question is no. In the event of a tsunami generated by a distant source the AHAB sirens will activate when the National Tsunami Warning Center issues a “tsunami warning” which is planned to provide three hours’ notice, an adequate time for community response. In the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone event do not depend on the AHAB sirens. The ground shaking should serve as your warning.   


It is also important to remember that the AHAB sirens are simply one layer (an outdoor warning) in a tiered warning system that utilizes the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, the Pacific County Emergency Alert System and NOAA Emergency Alert Radios. PCEMA works to ensure that emergency notification is received by several means, recognizing that no system will ever be 100% effective. Nothing can replace personal responsibility and situational awareness.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

National Weather Service to Offer SKYWARN Weather Spotter Training

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will host the National Weather Service as they present a SKYWARN weather spotter training class Tuesday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room located at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive, South Bend.

SKYWARN is a concept developed in the late 1960s that was intended to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and local communities. The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who is in a position within their community and is able to report wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado. Another part of SKYWARN is the receipt and effective distribution of National Weather Service information.

Since 2008, the National Weather Service has trained 50 local Weather Spotters who are able to provide observations to the PCEMA and the National Weather Service. This information is relayed to a Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who is responsible for administering the SKYWARN program in the local area. Pacific County is served by the Portland Forecast Office. The training will cover:
  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety
The class is free and will last approximately two hours. If you have any questions please contact AmeriCorps Service Member Jessica Rowlett at (360) 875-9300 ext. 2548 or jrowlett@co.pacific.wa.us