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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.

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.