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Friday, August 28, 2015

High Wind Warning Issued for Saturday

South Bend, Washington – The high wind watch previously issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) has been upgraded to high wind warning which will be in effect from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT Saturday for the South Washington coast.

Winds for the beaches and headlands are predicted to be south 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph.   Coastal community winds are predicted to be south 25 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 60 mph.  The strongest winds are predicted to occur between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and produce power disruptions. These winds could cause problems for outdoor events especially those with temporary outdoor facilities such as tents and canopies.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring.  Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts to 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

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.



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Friday, August 7, 2015

Free CERT Training

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

Monday, October 19th, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, October 23rd 2015 – 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 24th – 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The course will be held at the Riverview Education Center (600 Washington Avenue, Raymond, WA 98586). Pre-registration is required and is limited to 24 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 20 hours of initial training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first five days and practical exercises during the sixth 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) 875-9338 or email smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New NOAA Weather Radio Event

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Washington Emergency Management Division to host three NOAA Weather Radio Giveaways on Wednesday July 15th, 2015. The first will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Surf Pines Apartments, 141 First Avenue North, Ilwaco. The second will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Center 21603 O Ln, Ocean Park.  The third will be at Willapa Harbor Hospital, 800 Alder Street, South Bend, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The program is designed to educate the public on the warnings and alerts that may be issued from the National Weather Service.

Program participants will learn important information about tsunamis and how to make a home preparedness kit during a presentation by the Washington State Emergency Management Division. Participants may be eligible to receive a NOAA weather radio at no cost. All Pacific County residents are welcome to attend this training, however, radios are limited to the first 50 residents. Programming assistance will be provided.

Please contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at (360) 642 or 875-9338 or at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us for more information.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Red Flag Warning Issued for Pacific County



South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning for lightning which is in effect from 6:00 p.m. this evening to 11:00 a.m. Sunday. This replaces the Fire Weather Watch previously in effect.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. 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. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high. The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above.

The National Weather Service Portland Office has issued the following forecast for Pacific County: Saturday partly cloudy with highs 75 to 80 and north wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Sunday partly sunny, slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning and a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 70 to 80 with southwest wind 5 to 10 miles per hour and chance of precipitation at 20 percent.

As 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/. In addition check local jurisdictional burning regulations and be extremely careful and cautious regarding fire ignition sources.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

NOAA Weather Radio Event

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Washington Emergency Management Division to host a pair of NOAA Weather Radio Giveaways on Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The South Pacific County Administration Facility, 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach and also at 2:00 p.m. at Hunters Inn in Naselle, 1060 SR 4, in Naselle.  The program is designed to educate the public on the warnings and alerts that may be issued from the National Weather Service.

Program participants will learn important information about tsunamis and how to make a home preparedness kit during a presentation by the Washington State Emergency Management Division. Participants may be eligible to receive a NOAA weather radio at no cost. All Pacific County residents are welcome to attend this training; however, radios are limited to the first 50 residents. Programming assistance will be provided.

Please contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at (360) 642 or 484-9338 or at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us for more information.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Phone Service Restored to Residents in the Naselle Area near Youth Camp

South Bend, Washington – Wahkiakum West Telephone Company has notified the Pacific County Communications Agency that the telephone outage has been repaired. Anyone having questions may contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling 360-591-6506.

Phone Service Interrupted to Residents in the Naselle Area near Youth Camp

South Bend, Washington – Wahkiakum West Telephone Company has notified the Pacific County Communications Agency of a telephone outage affecting approximately 40 households in the area near the Naselle Youth Camp. According to Chief Deputy Stephanie Fritts from the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, repairs are being made at the site of the culvert collapse on SR 4 adjacent to the Youth Camp. It is unknown at this time how long the outage will last.

It has been reported that cell phones have been affected as well. Any emergency reports should be made in person, to the Washington State Patrol, at their office located at 797 SR 4 just east of the Naselle School.

The State Patrol office will be staffed until 4:30 p.m. This information will be updated when repairs are completed. If repairs are not completed by 4:30 p.m. reporting information will be made available prior to that time. Anyone having questions may contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling 360-484/642/875-9338.


Monday, May 18, 2015

PCEMA Seeks AmeriCorps Service Member to Conduct Public Outreach


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is currently seeking applicants for an AmeriCorps Service Member to serve as a Public Education Outreach Coordinator. This Disaster Preparedness Public Education Outreach project will focus on the continued development of disaster preparedness public education programs, coordination and/or instruction of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) programs, building partnerships with area businesses and schools, developing emergency response resource lists and contacts, and building capabilities for the access and functional needs population including community members identified as economically disadvantaged. The goal of this effort is to develop a cadre of volunteer public educators that have the skills and abilities to educate the citizens and communities in Pacific County about disaster preparedness, the coordination and delivery of public education programs and presentations, as well as the recruitment of volunteer community level responders. 

The Service term is September 1, 2015-July 15, 2016. There is a monthly stipend $1155.00 and a $5,645 Education Award available upon successful completion of the service term.  The position benefits include a health plan, as well as childcare for those who qualify. Participants must be age 18-25. Anyone who is interested in applying can do so at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50690&fromSearch=true.  If you have questions or need additional information contact Scott McDougall at: 360-642-9338/360-875-9338 or:                          smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us.