PO Box 101 ~ 300 Memorial Drive, South Bend, WA 98586
(360) 875-9340 Office ~ (360) 875-9341 EOC ~ (360) 875-9342 Fax

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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Come Share Your Tsunami Information

Here is the schedule for the Focus Groups on Wednesday:

Group 1 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Group 2 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Group 3 12:00-1:00 p.m. (feel free to bring a lunch)...
Group 4 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Group 5 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Tokeland)

Groups 1-4 will be at the South Pacific County Administration Facility located at 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach, Meeting Room A. You may enter the building at the Health Department entrance and the meeting room will be on your right.

Group 5 will be meeting at the Bayshore RV Park located at 2941 Kindred Avenue in Tokeland.

While we will happily welcome folks who have not signed up ahead of time. Pre registration would be greatly appreciated. You may register by contacting PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at 360-642-9338, 360 875-9338 or smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Opportunity to Participate in an Assessment of Community Understanding Of Tsunami Risk

South Bend, Washington – Improving the response capacity of Pacific County and other Washington State coastal communities at risk of tsunami presents an on-going challenge. To meet this challenge Pacific County Emergency Management has supported an evaluation program to monitor and improve earthquake and tsunami education and preparedness programs.

The latest phase of work will involve volunteer focus groups of residents and organizations to explore their understandings of tsunami hazards. The discussions and survey are aimed to quantify people’s understanding of tsunami hazards in Washington State, their knowledge regarding the warning systems, and their preparedness to deal with future events.

A range of groups are sought to ensure that the views of a diverse and representative range of constituencies are canvassed.  Focus group meetings will ideally have between five and twenty people and last 45 minutes to 1 hour.  All focus groups will be taped and transcribed and participants will be asked to complete a very short questionnaire. All information provided will be treated as confidential and no individual will be identified in any way.

Focus groups are currently scheduled for May 13, 2015 with the location and time to be determined based on volunteer response.  Any Pacific County resident or organization interested in participating should contact the PCEMA Office at 360-875-9338 or smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us and indicate morning or afternoon preference.   

Friday, April 3, 2015

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:

Saturday May 2, 2015 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 2015 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 · 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.  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Raymond Residents Asked to Boil Water

Attention Raymond Residents. Recent heavy rains have caused problems with your drinking water. You are asked to boil your water before drinking it. More information is available from the Washington State Department of Health: http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/…/RecentAlerts

Thursday, February 5, 2015

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – As of 2:37 p.m. this afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 10:00 p.m. today to 7:00 a.m. tomorrow for the South Washington Coast. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast for coastal communities is for South winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Winds will begin increasing late this evening and overnight. The strongest winds are expected midnight and 4:00 a.m. on Friday.

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.

PCEMA to Hold Hazard Mitigation Plan Meetings in Conjunction with Tsunami Forums

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been awarded a federal mitigation planning grant, applied for with the intent of updating the Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan, first published in 2010. 

BOLDplanning, a consulting firm contracted to guide the process, will lead public meetings to kick off the update of Pacific County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. BOLDplanning manages the hazard mitigation planning process by providing on-site process facilitation, stakeholder outreach, data collection and analysis, plan writing, and strategy development. The mitigation plan addresses Pacific County’s natural hazards, vulnerabilities and complies with state and federal regulations.   The meetings will be held on February 18th in Long Beach at the South County Administration Building, Meeting Room A, located at 7013 Sandridge Road at 2:00 p.m. The second meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on February 19th, at the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce Community Center, 916 W. First Street in South Bend. 

These meetings are planned with public input in mind and will be held in conjunction with Tsunami Information Forums designed for the business community. Following these kick-off meetings, meetings will be held with stakeholders from the previous Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan, as well as new stakeholders identified to partner with the county for plan development and implementation. Any questions may be directed to Chief Deputy Stephanie Fritts, sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us or (360) 642/875-9340.

Monday, January 5, 2015

National Weather Service Issues Flood Warning for the Naselle River

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland Oregon has issued a flood warning for the Naselle River effective from now until this afternoon or until the warning is cancelled. At 3:00 a.m. the river level was at 15.1 feet. Flood stage for the Naselle is 15.5 feet. The river is expected to crest around 9:00 a.m. on Monday at 16.2 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. 

The river is expected to rise above flood stage around 5:00 a.m. At 16 feet flooding of several homes and roads along and near the Naselle River can be expected. Portions of State Route 4 will also likely be flooded.