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Friday, June 6, 2014

Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan Workshops Planned

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be coordinating two Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan Workshops on Friday, June 20th, 2014. 

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act requires that each county and local municipality adopt a Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan to be reviewed by the State Emergency Response Commission, (SERC) and approved by Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Council (PCEMA). Currently Pacific County has an (SERC) approved Hazardous Materials Response Plan, however, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has received federal funding to revise and develop a more comprehensive and effective ESF 10, Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan for Pacific County.

The workshops will be conducted on June 20th at the following locations and times:

·        10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. -  Pacific County Courthouse Annex, Board of County Commissioners' Meeting Room, 1216 Robert Bush Drive, South Bend
·        1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - South Pacific County Administration Facility, Meeting Room A, 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach. 

The purpose of the updated plan will be to demonstrate local commitment to reduce risks from hazardous materials. The plan will serve as a guide for decision-makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of hazardous materials. Local data and feedback will be essential to ensuring that the updated plan is relevant to community risks and needs. 

The public is welcome, and representatives from local fire districts, hospitals, city governments, schools, and businesses are encouraged to submit data and feedback.  If you would like to have your comments heard but are unable to attend, you may email them to esf10pacific@gmail.com by 5:00 p.m. on June 19th, 2014. 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Become an AmeriCorps Service Member

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is seeking qualified candidates to become an AmeriCorps service member to support the Disaster Preparedness Public Education Outreach project. The member will build and strengthen the local volunteer base by developing a strong public education outreach program to enhance disaster preparedness and response needs in Pacific County communities.

Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2014. To apply, please https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50690&fromSearch=true

AmeriCorps program benefits include a living stipend, health insurance, childcare assistance if eligible, training, and an education award upon successful completion of service term. The service term begins September 1, 2013 and ends July 15, 2014.

Desired qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge of office equipment
  • Ability to communicate effectively and independently in written and oral form with a variety of community groups, agencies, and officials
  • Lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Experience in emergency management, community involvement, and/or education preferred but not required

  • Be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Be 18-25 years of age at the start date of the service term
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Pass required criminal background checks
  • Not be listed on the National Sex Offender Public Registry
  • Living stipend of $1,155 per month (before taxes)
  • Training and experience
  • Subsidized childcare (if qualified)
  • Health Insurance (member only and if no other health insurance coverage)
  • Student loan forbearance (on qualifying loans)
  • $5,550 Education Award provided by National Service Trust (upon successful completion of service term commitment and 1700 hours of service)
Visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps for more information about AmeriCorps. If you have questions about the AmeriCorps service member position or project, contact Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or call (360) 875-9338.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Howard and Katie Auble Honored

South Bend, Washington – Following their nomination by the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Howard and Katie Auble of Raymond were recently selected as recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for in recognition of their work as amateur radio operators with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, and Pacific County Citizens Corps Program.   The Aubles attended an award ceremony hosted by Governor Inslee and his wife at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia on April 21, 2014. 

The award given the Aubles read as follows:  “Howard and Katie Auble work as a team, supporting the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency in emergency communications.  They are dedicated and willing volunteers, taking on extra projects such as doing home visits to assist Pacific County citizens with programming NOAA Weather Radios.  They visit the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on a weekly basis to check on the amateur radio equipment and help in the testing process when new equipment is installed at the Emergency Operations Center and other locations throughout the county.  They have also been very helpful in the installation of amateur radio equipment at the Pacific County fire stations.  Howard and Katie have taken a number of National Incident Management System courses and are well qualified volunteers.  The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency depends heavily on volunteers and their willing and can-do attitude.  Howard and Katie are a core piece of the communications and public education program.”

Pacific County deeply appreciates the service of their volunteers and is proud to see Howard and Katie Auble recognized for their dedication and effort. 

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Get Involved and Make a Difference- Volunteer for the Pacific County Medical Reserve Corps!

The Medical Reserve Corps is a group of local volunteers who respond to public health issues in times of disaster or emergency. The Corps is a local division of a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities.

Need for the MRC became apparent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when thousands of medical and public health professionals, eager to volunteer in support of emergency relief activities found there was no organized approached to channel their efforts. Local responders were already overwhelmed, and could not manage these spontaneous volunteers; so many highly skilled people were turned away. As a result, the MRC was established to provide a way to recruit, train, and activate volunteers interested in helping their communities in time of need.
While a medical or health background is helpful, it is not necessary. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to join- retired professionals, chaplains, law enforcement, people with good computer or organizational skills. The specific role that you will play, and the activities in which you will participate will depend upon your background, interests and skills, as well as the needs of the MRC unit and the community.
We are planning an orientation in June of this year.  Interested volunteers should contact Cory McKeown, the MRC Coordinator, at cmckeown@co.pacific.wa.us ; by phone at the Pacific County Health Department Long Beach number 360-642-9349 or toll-free from the Raymond/South Bend area 360-875-9349.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

South Bend Students Provide Earthquake and Tsunami Education to Community

South Bend, Washington – Alyssa Caudill’s South Bend Junior High School Leadership class will be presenting an Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness Seminar open to the public at Koplitz Fieldhouse in South Bend May 13th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. This seminar is the culmination of a year-long learning experience that included Caudill’s 7th and 8th grade science classes as well as her junior high leadership class.

Over the summer Caudill and Wildlife Biologist Key McMurry attended the first in the series of classes put on by the Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program, a program designed for coastal educators and emergency management personnel. Caudill and McMurry have spent the entire school year educating the students about the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the earthquake and tsunami issues associated with it.

Through the efforts of Caudill and McMurry, the South Bend students have had the opportunity to learn about earthquakes and tsunamis from nationally recognized experts Dr. Brian Atwater, Dr. Jim Phipps, and Dr. Robert De Groot. Now to showcase what they have learned, the leadership class is partnering with the Washington State Emergency Management Division and the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency to provide the community at large a student led educational opportunity about being prepared to survive an earthquake or tsunami event.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Alyssa Caudill at acaudill@southbendschools.org.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tsunami Preparedness Day Three - Reflections on the Situation In Snohomish County

In light of the ongoing situation near Oso in Snohomish County, the light hearted post originally scheduled today, a piece put out by San Diego County that utilized animated crab to educate kids about tsunami awareness, seemed less than appropriate. That video will appear here later in the week.

Today, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency would like to take a moment to reflect on the tragedy unfolding in front of the entire nation. It happened so quickly, it happened so unexpectedly, and yet the results are utterly personal, profound and permanent. The strength of nature is at times incomprehensible.

We are observing Tsunami Preparedness Week, and this disaster event should underscore for each resident of Pacific County, the importance of preparing for such an event. It is easy to see, in the face of the unthinkable, that it really is not unthinkable at all.

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency urges each one of you to be prepared for a Tsunami, or even more importantly , whatever disaster may occur. In addition, we extend our sympathy, our empathy, and our thoughts to all the people in Snohomish County and beyond, touched by the events there.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tsunami Preparedness Week: Day Two-Pacific County Facts

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is observing day two of Tsunami Preparedness week. Here is an interesting fact sheet from the Washington State Emergency Management Division that highlighting Tsunami facts specific to our county.

Pacific County Tsunami Fact Sheet