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(360) 875-9340 Office ~ (360) 875-9341 EOC ~ (360) 875-9342 Fax

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mark Your Calendars for the Monthly AHAB Siren Test

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency’s (PCEMA) All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system next scheduled monthly test will be Monday, July 6th at noon. It is recommended that residents of Pacific County mark their calendars for the monthly AHAB siren system test. The test is currently scheduled for the first Monday of every month at noon. The current procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster Chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15 second verbal message stating “The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune your radio to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.” In actual events, the AHAB sirens will sound a constant tone for three continuous minutes, and may be followed by a verbal message. Both the Westminster chimes and the actual warning tone can be heard by visiting the PCEMA website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema and clicking on the Tsunami tab. There are currently ten AHAB sirens installed along the Long Beach Peninsula located in the areas of Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Surfside, and Ocean Park. There is also an AHAB siren located in Bay Center. Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be impacted by adverse weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.

Monday, June 15, 2009

EOC Meeting Room Closed for Community Use

South Bend, Washington – Effective July 31, 2009, the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will no longer be utilized as a meeting room. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) intends to keep the EOC ready for activation 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Having the EOC operationally ready will enable testing of phones and computer connections on a regular basis as well as create functionality for training and exercise. It will result in an overall safer work environment. Alternative meeting space is located at the Pacific County Annex where a large meeting room and two smaller conference rooms are available for use. Please contact General Administration at (360) 875-9334 for scheduling. If you have questions or need additional information you may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Swine Flu Confirmed in Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – Swine flu has reached Pacific County with one case being confirmed in the north end of the county. While nationwide influenza like illness surveillance is trending downward, localized outbreaks are ongoing and it's likely that such outbreaks will continue over the summer. The Pacific County Public Health and Human Services Department is continuing to monitor the situation in the area and will provide updates as necessary. The Pacific County Public Health and Human Services Department would like to remind you to protect yourself against the flu. Please continue to use common-sense measures: stay home if you are sick, avoid close contact, and practice hand hygiene. As always, persons with a respiratory illness (fever of over 100°, cough, and/or sore throat) should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading influenza and other respiratory illnesses to others. Here are some tips to keep from spreading your germs to others, and to keep from catching someone else’s germs. Keep your germs to yourself: · Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose. · Discard used tissues in the trash as soon as you can. · Always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs. Wash hands often if you are sick. · Use warm water and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers to wash your hands. · Try to stay home if you have a cough and fever. · See your doctor as soon as you can if you have a cough and fever, and follow their instructions. Take medicine as prescribed and get lots of rest. · If asked, use face masks provided in your doctor’s office or clinic’s waiting room. Follow office or clinic staff instructions to help stop the spread of germs. Keep the germs away: · Wash your hands before eating, or touching your eyes, nose or mouth. · Wash your hands after touching anyone who is sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose. · Don’t share things like towels, lipstick, toys, or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs. · Don’t share food, utensils or beverage containers with others. If you need additional information about swine flu there is 24 hour information available in both English and Spanish at 888-703-4363. You may also contact the Pacific County Public Health and Human Services Department at (360) 875-9343 or (360) 642-9349. Updated information will be posted on the county website as it becomes available at www.co.pacific.wa.us. Information may also be obtained through the Washington State Department of Health website at www.doh.wa.gov/swineflu or the Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.