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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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Request for Proposal (RFP)


Request for Proposal (RFP)
Pacific County Emergency Management Agency
Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Plan
Date Issued: March 11, 2014
Proposal Due:  4:30 pm March 31, 2014 
 
The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is currently seeking proposals from qualified consultants to develop the Pacific County Emergency Support Function (ESF) 10 (Emergency Response Plan) that meets all requirements under Washington State and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) sections 301-303 (42 USC 116) as well as WAC 118-40-180 sections 1-5. 

WAC 118-40-180 requires that each local emergency planning committee shall complete a hazardous materials emergency response plan (ESF 10) as required by Section 303 (a), (b), (c), EPCRA, the standards of the National Response Team-1 guidelines and the concepts of the Washington State emergency management plan as it is written. The purpose of the plan is to demonstrate the “jurisdiction’s commitment to reduce risks from hazardous materials, serving as a guide for decision-makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of hazardous materials.” 

To fulfill this requirement, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency seeks consultant services for the preparation of ESF 10, a Hazardous Materials Response Plan that meets the necessary requirements of and is approved by the Washington State Emergency Response Commission, (SERC) and the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA). 

To request a complete proposal packet, contact Scott McDougall smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us, 360-875-9338, or visit the Pacific County website at www.co.pacific.wa.us. 

Proposals should be mailed to:  

Stephanie Fritts, Director
Pacific County Emergency Management Agency
PO Box 101
South Bend, WA 98586

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning which is in effect from 6:00 p.m. today through 1:00 p.m. Thursday for the south Washington coast.

South winds in or near coastal communities will be 30 mph to 40 mph with gusts between 60 mph and 65 mph.  The strongest winds will likely occur on Thursday morning.

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 of 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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Animal Planning Workshop

South Bend, WA – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be coordinating an Animal Emergency Plan Workshop on March 14, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – noon in the South Pacific County Administration Facility, Meeting Room A, 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach. Recent experiences from other areas around the nation have underscored the importance of having a coordinated Animal Emergency Plan. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has identified this as a goal for 2014. 
 
The public is welcome to attend.  If you would like to have your comments heard but are unable to attend, you may email them to Scott McDougall, Deputy Director, PCEMA smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us by the end of business on March 12, 2014.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Free CERT Training This Spring


 

 

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in Long Beach. Training is scheduled as follows:
 
Friday, April 4, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 · 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

The course will be held at the Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort (12415 Pacific Way, Long Beach). 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 20 hours of initial training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first two 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. 
           

Monday, February 17, 2014

High Wind Warning Issued for Tuesday

South Bend - The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning for the south Washington Coast which is in effect from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST Tuesday.

Winds near headlands and beaches will be south 35 mph to 45 mph with gusts to 70 mph.   In coastal communities winds will be south 30 mph to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph.  The strongest winds expected late Tuesday morning through the early afternoon.


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 of 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.