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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Red Flag Warning Issued for Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning for lightning which is in effect from 6:00 p.m. this evening to 11:00 a.m. Sunday. This replaces the Fire Weather Watch previously in effect.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. 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. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high. The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above.

The National Weather Service Portland Office has issued the following forecast for Pacific County: Saturday partly cloudy with highs 75 to 80 and north wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Sunday partly sunny, slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning and a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 70 to 80 with southwest wind 5 to 10 miles per hour and chance of precipitation at 20 percent.

As 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/. In addition check local jurisdictional burning regulations and be extremely careful and cautious regarding fire ignition sources.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

NOAA Weather Radio Event

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Washington Emergency Management Division to host a pair of NOAA Weather Radio Giveaways on Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The South Pacific County Administration Facility, 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach and also at 2:00 p.m. at Hunters Inn in Naselle, 1060 SR 4, in Naselle.  The program is designed to educate the public on the warnings and alerts that may be issued from the National Weather Service.

Program participants will learn important information about tsunamis and how to make a home preparedness kit during a presentation by the Washington State Emergency Management Division. Participants may be eligible to receive a NOAA weather radio at no cost. All Pacific County residents are welcome to attend this training; however, radios are limited to the first 50 residents. Programming assistance will be provided.

Please contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at (360) 642 or 484-9338 or at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us for more information.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Phone Service Restored to Residents in the Naselle Area near Youth Camp

South Bend, Washington – Wahkiakum West Telephone Company has notified the Pacific County Communications Agency that the telephone outage has been repaired. Anyone having questions may contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling 360-591-6506.

Phone Service Interrupted to Residents in the Naselle Area near Youth Camp

South Bend, Washington – Wahkiakum West Telephone Company has notified the Pacific County Communications Agency of a telephone outage affecting approximately 40 households in the area near the Naselle Youth Camp. According to Chief Deputy Stephanie Fritts from the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, repairs are being made at the site of the culvert collapse on SR 4 adjacent to the Youth Camp. It is unknown at this time how long the outage will last.

It has been reported that cell phones have been affected as well. Any emergency reports should be made in person, to the Washington State Patrol, at their office located at 797 SR 4 just east of the Naselle School.

The State Patrol office will be staffed until 4:30 p.m. This information will be updated when repairs are completed. If repairs are not completed by 4:30 p.m. reporting information will be made available prior to that time. Anyone having questions may contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling 360-484/642/875-9338.

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.