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Friday, February 5, 2016

NWS Issues High Wind Warning



South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from Noon until 6:00 p.m. Friday February 5, 2016, for the South Washington Coast. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast inland is for south winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 55 mph. Winds will gradually increase this afternoon then briefly peak as a cold front crosses the area. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause power interruptions. Isolated power outages are possible, and travel may be difficult due to damaged trees in the roadway.

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. Trees may fall across roadways with little warning. 

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.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pacific County Emergency Management Agency to Host Tsunami Inundation Community Forums

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting a series of Community Forums regarding Tsunami Inundation for Pacific County. These forums will serve as ramp-up events for the Cascadia Rising Functional Exercise, a national level exercise designed to test response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and subsequent tsunami. This exercise will be held June 7-10, 2016. Tim Walsh, Chief Hazard Geologist from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and George Crawford from the Washington State Emergency Management Division will be present on Wednesday February 24th, and Wednesday March 16th to discuss the Cascadia Subduction Zone and answer questions about how the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes, as well as distant earthquakes can affect Pacific County.

The first forum will be held at Pacific County Fire District #1, located at 26110 Ridge Avenue, in Ocean Park from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on February 24th. The forum will be repeated at 7:00 p.m. at the Ilwaco Community Building, 158 1st Avenue N (US 101) in Ilwaco, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the same day.

The same program will also be presented on Wednesday March 16th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Center, located at 2373 Old Tokeland Road, in Tokeland. The final forum will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in South Bend, in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room at the Pacific County Annex, 1210 W. Robert Bush Drive.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and speak with presenters.  Representatives from the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will also be on hand to provide information and answer questions. For more information, please contact Jessica Rowlett, AmeriCorps Service Member, Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, at (360) 642 or 875-9300 extension 2548 or by email at jrowlett@co.pacific.wa.us.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Free CERT Training This February



South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency and the Wahkiakum County Department of Emergency Management are offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) in the Rosburg/Naselle area. The classes on February 20 and 21, will be held at the Naselle Timberland Library, 4 Parpala Road, Naselle. The classes on February 27 and 28 will be held at Johnson Park, 30 Rosburg School Road, Rosburg. Training is scheduled as follows:                                                                                                                                                                                          
Saturday, February 20, 2016 Naselle Timberland Library · 
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 21, 2016 Naselle Timberland Library ·
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 2016 Johnson Park, Rosburg · 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 28, 2016 Johnson Park, Rosburg · 
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required and attendance 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 with an option of additional instruction on modules relating to pet preparedness training and Map Your Neighborhood training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first three days and practical exercises during the last day. Participants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to attend.




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE EASE OF SPREADING (MIS) INFORMATION

An article published Sunday by Superstation 95.com and circulated throughout Facebook & Twitter caused alarm and confusion to many coastal residents and their families throughout the country. The article claimed an ocean data buoy had detected a sudden drop in water depth off of the Oregon Coast indicating an imminent catastrophic earthquake.

The link below, employing credible and reliable sources from the National Weather Service in Seattle, dismisses the article and sheds light on the believability and reliability of Superstation 95.com.

During emergency and disaster events, social media becomes a frenzy of information and tends to take on a life of its own.  A tremendous amount of great information is relayed through social media. Misinformation also has a way of entering the social media outlets and in many instances, is accepted without confirmation of the information or its source.  Misleading communications, such as the article by Superstation 95.com which went viral quickly, led many to believe the information, spreading fear, confusion and further misinformation, as it was shared and retweeted by thousands of unsuspecting users of the various social media outlets along the West Coast.

One of the best ways to help you determine whether the information you are receiving is accurate or not, is to determine where the information is being sent from – its source. Credible and reliable emergency and disaster information can be obtained from:

·         The State of Washington Emergency Management Division,
·         The United States Geologic Survey (USGS),
·         The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
·         The National Weather Service (NWS),
·         Television
·         Your local AM and FM Radio Stations, and
·         From your local County Emergency Management Office.

A great way to become better informed about your site specific risk and hazards is to invite the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency to address your local community group. In Pacific County, you can request a date and time to address your group by emailing Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling (360) 875 or 642-9338.

WAYS TO AVOID RUMOR AND MISINFORMATION AND
HOW TO VERIFY EMERGENCY AND DISASTER REPORTING IN PACIFIC COUNTY
The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Offers a Variety of Ways to Receive Severe Weather and Emergency and Disaster Information.
The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency posts the most up to date and verified information available through all of the outlets described below.

Please take the time to verify information before you pass it on to others.
•The quickest way to receive emergency and disaster information from Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
•You can follow the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency webpage at: http://www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema/
•We encourage all citizens sign up for the Pacific County Notification System for emergency alerts from the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency via phone, text and e-mail:
•All Pacific County citizens are urged to obtain an All Hazard ALERT Weather Radio for immediate alerts for severe weather and disaster information.
•Remember, television usually DOES NOT broadcast the correct emergency information for your site specific location in Pacific County.
•All local AM/FM radio stations will transmit the most up to date information from the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency.

Thanks to Charles Wallace Deputy Director, Grays Harbor Department of Emergency Management for providing this information.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Naselle River Flood Warning

The National Weather Service Issues Flood Warning for the Willapa River

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Flood Warning for
the Naselle River . The warning is in effect for this evening to Wednesday morning.  At 2:00 p.m. Tuesday the river level was 11.6 feet and flowing at 4310 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is 15.5 feet and flood flow is 8000 cubic feet per second. Minor flooding is forecast.

The river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday December 8, and is expected to crest at 15.6 ft around 11:00 p.m. Expected Impacts include pasture land flooding and water surrounding homes near the river flooding, a few roads roads will be flooded at this level including low lying areas of SR 4.

When roads are flooded road surfaces can be undermined or missing, cars can be swept away by as little as a foot of water. When facing flooded roadways, remember, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”


The National Weather Service Issues Flood Warning for the Willapa River



South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Flood Warning for
The Willapa River near Willapa. The warning is in effect for this evening to Wednesday evening.  At 10:00 AM Tuesday the river level was 12.8 feet and flowing at 4940 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is 21.0 feet and flood flow is 10800 cubic feet per second. Minor flooding is forecast.

The river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday December 8, and is expected to crest at 22.5 ft around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday December 9. Expected Impacts include widespread flooding, numerous roads will be flooded with deep and swiftly moving water including Heckard Road and US 101. The magnitude of flooding on US 101 will depend on the tide.

When roads are flooded road surfaces can be undermined or missing, cars can be swept away by as little as a foot of water. When facing flooded roadways, remember, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

  

Monday, December 7, 2015

More High Wind Expected

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday December 7, for the South Washington Coast and the Willapa Hills. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South winds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts 55 to 65 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast inland is for southeast winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Winds will begin increasing late Monday morning and continue through the afternoon. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause power interruptions. Isolated power outages are possible, and travel may be difficult due to damaged trees in the roadway.

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. Trees may fall across roadways with little warning. 

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, December 4, 2015

NWS Issues Second High Wind Warning of the Week for Saturday

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 10:00 a.m. Saturday December 4, to 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning for the South Washington Coast and the Willapa Hills. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

Southeast winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts 55 to 65 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast inland is for southeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts 45 to 50 mph. Winds will begin increasing late Saturday morning with the strongest winds Saturday afternoon and evening, decreasing by midnight. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause power interruptions. Isolated power outages are possible, and travel may be difficult due to damaged trees in the roadway.

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. Trees may fall across roadways with little warning 

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.