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

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tsunami Safe Haven Project Open House

South Bend, Washington – The Tsunami Safe Haven project team (University of Washington, Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, Shoalwater Bay Tribe, and the Washington State Emergency Management Division) will be holding a conclusion meeting regarding vertical evacuation in the Tokeland and North Cove area on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Center meeting room.

Please consider attending this meeting as it is an excellent opportunity to view and hear the outcome of previous meetings and research. This meeting will be conducted in an open house style with various thematic stations looking at the following topics: community meeting results, tsunami hazard information, vertical evacuation information, vertical evacuation structure design elements, cost estimates, and walking and evacuation routes.

Questions regarding the project or meeting may be forwarded to Jeana Wiser, student of Urban Planning at University of Washington, at wiserjc@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

AHAB Siren Startup

South Bend, Washington – A new All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren was installed at the North Willapa Harbor Grange in North Cove. The siren startup is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 1, 2010 in the afternoon. Residents should be aware that the initial startup and operation of the siren requires that audible tests be completed.

Please note that this siren will not be included with the regular monthly test scheduled for noon the same day.

Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Strong Autumn Storms Predicted for October 23rd and 24th

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service, Portland Office, has predicted strong autumn storms for the weekend of October 23 – 24, 2010. Two systems are expected to pass over Pacific County over the next 48 – 72 hours with the strongest storm arriving Saturday night and continuing through early Sunday. Hazards expected include large seas, possible minor coastal flooding, heavy rain, with high wind accompanying the second storm.

Rainfall is expected to total 3 – 5” over the course of the two systems with the heaviest rainfall on Saturday evening. Minor coastal flooding is also expected in areas along Raymond and Willapa Bay as some of the highest astronomical tides of the year will occur during the same time period. A coastal flood watch is expected for the time of high tide.

The National Weather Service is expected to issue a high wind warning for the coast for Saturday night through Sunday morning, with gusts 50 – 60 mph inland, and 70 – 75 mph along the beaches and headlands, with lower speed gusty winds continuing through Sunday. In conjunction, predictions include very large seas, peaking Sunday evening, and snow at the pass levels in the amount of 8 – 18” at 5,000 feet.

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.

For the most up to date weather information from the NWS please visit http://www.weather.gov/portland. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the southwest Washington area.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sheriff John Didion Issues Commendation

South Bend, Washington – At the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency meeting held October 12, 2010 in South Bend, Sheriff John Didion presented Jackie Sheldon a Commendation for volunteer service in recognition of her efforts in organizing the Eye of the Storm Pacific County Community Disaster Preparedness Fair, held September 25, 2010 at the Ocean Park Elementary School and in recognition of her work in response to the December 2007 windstorm.

The Commendation read “Jackie Sheldon is hereby recognized for outstanding service and dedication to her community as an advocate for preparedness. In the advent of any disaster situation many lives will be saved as a result of her consistent and hard working efforts.”

In July 2010 the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency staff and Sheriff Didion nominated Jackie Sheldon for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Citizen Corp Individual Achievement Award. The Individual Achievement Award nomination and the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office Commendation illustrate how citizens can take action and do their part to be prepared. The public is a valuable resource in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. Every day citizens like Jackie take part in community emergency planning and problem solving, model programs for use by other individuals, and show how individuals can take action to make a difference in their community.

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is grateful for citizens like Jackie, who are involved and willing to demonstrate and forward a personal emergency preparedness message and program throughout the year.

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