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Monday, November 14, 2016

The PCEMA Blog has Moved!


Thank you for visiting the PCEMA Blog!

Effective October 2016, PCEMA moved our blog entries over the the Pacific County Sheriff's Office website at:  http://www.pacificcountysheriff.com/press-releases.  We encourage you to visit the website, and take a look around.  We've moved all previous blog posts over, so any historical data you might be interested in can be found here or on the website.  At some point in the not too distant future this blog will be taken down entirely.  Thanks for your interest and support!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pacific County Preparedness Fair October 22nd


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Fair on Saturday October 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The fair will take place in the Koplitz Fieldhouse at South Bend High School. There will be exhibits, demonstrations, and games designed to educate the community on how to prepare for and to survive during and following a disaster. 

In addition to exhibits, educational talks, and demonstrations, police cars, fire engines, ambulances and the Pacific County mobile command vehicle will be on display outside the Fieldhouse. There will be an opportunity to learn how to make a plan to prepare your family for a disaster along with opportunities to sign up for CERT training, practice your skills with a fire extinguisher and win some great prizes. 

Preparedness and planning are two of the most important components in surviving any disaster. Please contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling (360) 642-9338 or 875-9338 for more information.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Free CERT Training This Fall


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in Raymond. Training is scheduled as follows:

Saturday, October 29 - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The course will be held at the Grays Harbor College Riverview Center 600 Washington Avenue in Raymond. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 20 participants. 

The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT members receive 29 hours of initial training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first three days and practical exercises during the last day. Participants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to attend. 

To register or for more information, contact Scott McDougall at (360) 642-9338 or email smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Red Flag Warning Issued for Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of Pacific County which is in effect from 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. August 25, 2016. 

A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior.  A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents.

The National Weather Service Portland Office is forecasting winds and low relative humidity. An outdoor burn ban is already in effect in all of Pacific County.

As fire conditions can change frequently, PCEMA will not be posting updated information.  Residents are encouraged to check with the Weather Service website for updated information at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/.



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Red Flag Warning Issued for Pacific County



South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of Pacific County which is in effect from midnight August 19, 2016 through midnight August 20, 2016.  This replaces the Fire Weather Watch that had been effect since Tuesday August 16, 2016. 
 
A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior.  A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents.

The National Weather Service Portland Office is forecasting easterly winds and low relative humidity. An outdoor burn ban is already in effect in all of Pacific County.

As fire conditions can change frequently, PCEMA will not be posting updated information.  Residents are encouraged to check with the Weather Service website for updated information at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/. 

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 2:00 p.m. Thursday August 17 June 4, 2016 until 9:00p.m. on Sunday August 20, 2016.

Temperatures inland are forecast to reach 90-100 degrees.  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.

In addition, a Heat Advisory has been issued for the coastal areas of Pacific County from noon to 9:00 p.m. on Friday August 19 2016, with forecast highs from the mid 80’s to the mid 90’s.

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.


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.