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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 3:00 pm this afternoon until 9:00 am Wednesday for the South Washington and Northern Oregon Coast.
South Winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60-70 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast for coastal communities is for South winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45-55 mph at times.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

These winds will possibly cause tree damage, and may result in power disruptions.  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, October 17, 2014

Request for Proposal (RFP) Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Plan Date Issued: October 17, 2014 Proposal Due: 4:30 pm December 2, 2014

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is currently seeking proposals from qualified consultants to update the Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan that meets all requirements under 44 CFR Part 201.6.

As described in the Federal Register (Volume 67, Numbers 38 and 109, dated February 26, 2002 and October 2002 respectively,) Section 322 of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that all local governments adopt an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan (Plan) to be eligible to receive future hazard mitigation grant funding. The purpose of the Plan is to demonstrate the “jurisdiction’s commitment to reduce risks from natural hazards, serving as a guide for decision-makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards. Local plans will also serve as the basis for the State to provide technical assistance and to prioritize project funding.”

To fulfill this requirement, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency seeks consultant services in order to update the existing Hazard Mitigation Plan thereby meeting the necessary requirements of and is approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 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 27
South Bend, WA 98586

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tsunami Warning Issued in Error

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has learned that a tsunami Warning has been issued in error by AccuWeather (www.accuweather.com) a web and app based weather releated software program/company. There is currently no Tsunami Warning in effect for the Long Beach Peninsula. Questions may be directed to Scott McDougall at Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (360)875-9338.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tsunami Sirens to be Tested in Great Washington ShakeOut

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) outdoor sirens will be tested as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 10:16 a.m. with the actual tsunami siren tone (a three minute wail). The siren tone will be preceded and followed by a verbal message. The AHAB sirens in Pacific County and the other outer Washington coastal counties are being activated to conduct a true “end-to-end” test of the entire tsunami warning system. The sirens recently installed in South Bend and Raymond will be included in this test. 
This test will help familiarize residents with the sound made by the AHAB sirens during an actual tsunami warning. It will differ from the routine monthly testing that occurs on the first Monday of each month since it will broadcast an audible siren wail tone for the full three minute warning instead of a chime tone. In addition, the voice message will differ from the monthly test.
NOAA weather radios set to receive the required monthly test will also activate during this test.

Pacific County employees will also be participating in this important event, as a result the public may experience disruptions to normal customer service during the exercise.

Pacific County residents are encouraged to participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut by registering at www.shakeout.org/washington/ and by conducting a personal drill such as Drop, Cover, and Hold or an evacuation walk.   

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.