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

Monday, March 21, 2011

Disaster Preparedness Kit Demonstration

South Bend, Washington – Jackie Sheldon, a volunteer Tsunami Trainer for the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, will provide instructions on how to build a disaster preparedness kit suitable for any circumstances. Presentations are scheduled as follows:

Friday, March 25, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
South Pacific County Administration Building, 7013 Sandridge Rd, Long Beach

Monday, March 28, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Willapa Valley Grange, 290 Camp One Road, Raymond

Tokeland/North Cove – TBA

Jackie will demonstrate her personal preparedness kit providing options, suggestions, and advice for residents who wish to develop their own kits. Information specific to building preparedness kits will be distributed; residents may bring their own kits for evaluation, and should bring pen and paper in order to take notes specific to their own needs.

If you need additional information, please contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9338.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Let's Talk Tsunami Community Forum

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is hosting a series of Let's Talk Tsunami community forums throughout Pacific County. There will be a question and answer session about the recent tsunami advisory event as well as a chance to give community input regarding tsunami evacuation routes, assembly areas, and signage.

The forums are scheduled as follows:

March 24, 2011 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pacific County Fire District 1, 26110 Ridge Avenue, Ocean Park

March 24, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 Lake Street SE, Ilwaco

April 5, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Shoalwater Bay Tribal Center, 2373 Old Tokeland Road, Tokeland

April 6, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
South Bend City Hall, 1102 W First Street, South Bend

Please contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9338 for more information.

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Disaster Preparedness Kit Demonstration

South Bend, Washington – Jackie Sheldon, a volunteer Tsunami Trainer for the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, will provide instructions on how to build a disaster preparedness kit suitable for any circumstances on Friday, March 25, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the South Pacific County Administration Building, 7013 Sandridge Rd, Long Beach, WA, Conference Room A.

Jackie will be assisted by Robyn Baker West and both will demonstrate their personal preparedness kits providing options, suggestions, and advice for residents who wish to develop their own kits.

Information specific to building preparedness kits will be distributed; residents may bring their own kits for evaluation, and should bring pen and paper in order to take notes specific to their own needs.

Monday, March 14, 2011

High Wind Warning Issued

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning which is in effect from 11:00 p.m. this evening to 8:00 a.m. Tuesday near the beaches and headlands of South Washington, North Oregon, and Central Oregon. This replaces the high wind watch which was previously in effect.

South winds increasing to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph are expected for the headlands and open beaches. Winds will be somewhat lighter in the coastal communities. Strongest winds are expected between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. early Tuesday morning.

A high surf advisory remains in effect until 8:00 p.m. this evening. Expect seas of 19 to 23 feet this evening with a period of around 14 to 15 seconds. The surf zone will remain choppy and chaotic into this evening. Seas will subside later this evening. The high surf will likely cause beach erosion in the surf zone. Debris and large logs will likely be tossed ashore. Waves will cover jetties and other outcroppings as well.

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. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.

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.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami Advisory Canceled for Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2011 – 7:30 pm
Release #6

Contact: Stephanie Fritts, Director
360.875.9340 or sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us

South Bend, Washington –The tsunami advisory for Washington State has been canceled. The West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center has canceled the advisory for the coastal areas of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia from Cascade Head Oregon, 70 miles SW of Portland to the Alaska-British Columbia border.

The public is cautioned to remain alert and to pay attention to the news media and any future warnings and alerts as the seismic activity in Japan is continuing. The Pacific County Emergency Operations Center is de-activating and will close at 8:00 p.m. Staff will return to duty Monday, March 14, 2011.

This will be the final press release issued by the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center for this event. Questions regarding this incident may be forwarded to the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center at 360.875.9340 or 360.642.9340.

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Report of Minor Tidal Surges in Willapa Bay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2011 – 4:00pm
Release #5

Contact: Bryan Harrison, County Administration Officer/PIO
360.875.9340 or sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us

South Bend, Washington –The Pacific County Emergency Management Council is advising residents that it has received reports of 3’-4’ waves and recurring tidal surges 3’-4’ in depth and up to 100 yards in length in Willapa Bay.
 
The public is advised to stay away from the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean, Willapa Bay and tidal rivers in Pacific County until further notice. In addition, the public is advised to avoid recreational boating in Willapa Bay.

The PCEMA Council is advising residents of Pacific County that the major threat of tsunami from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan earlier this morning has likely passed. More than eight hours have passed since the anticipated arrival of tsunami waves. The West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center has maintained a tsunami advisory for the Washington Coast. Please note there could be lingering effects from the earthquake in Japan and/or additional aftershocks capable of generating tsunamis. Residents are cautioned to stay off the ocean beaches until further notice.

The public is cautioned to remain alert and to pay attention to the news media and any future warnings and alerts. This notice will be updated as conditions change. Questions regarding this announcement and questions regarding this incident should be forwarded to the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center at 360.875.9341 or 360.642.9341.

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Washington Coast Tsunami Advisory Remains in Effect

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2011 – 3:30pm
Release #4

Contact: Bryan Harrison, County Administration Officer/PIO
360.875.9340 or sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us

South Bend, Washington –The Pacific County Emergency Management Council is advising residents that the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center has downgraded the tsunami warning along the coasts of California and Oregon to an advisory, there is no change in the tsunami advisory along the Washington Coast.

The PCEMA Council is advising residents of Pacific County that the major threat of tsunami from the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan earlier this morning has likely passed. More than eight hours have passed since the anticipated arrival of tsunami waves. The West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center has maintained a tsunami advisory for the Washington Coast. Please note there could be lingering effects from the earthquake in Japan and/or additional aftershocks capable of generating tsunamis. Residents are cautioned to stay off the ocean beaches until further notice.

The public is cautioned to remain alert and to pay attention to the news media and any future warnings and alerts. This notice will be updated as conditions change. Questions regarding this announcement and questions regarding this incident should be forwarded to the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center at 360.875.9341 or 360.642.9341.

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Washington Coast Tsunami Advisory Remains in Effect

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2011 10:00 a.m.
Release # 3

Contact: Stephanie Fritts, Director
(360) 875-9340 or sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Council has met and is advising residents that no cancellation has been received from the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

A tsunami is a series of waves and the first wave may not be the largest. Tsunami wave heights cannot be predicted and can vary significantly along a coast due to local effects. The time from one tsunami wave to the next can be five minutes to an hour, and the threat can continue for many hours as multiple waves arrive.

The PCEMA Council is advising residents of Pacific County that the major threat of tsunami from the 8.9 Magnitude earthquake in Japan earlier this morning has likely passed. More than two hours have passed since the anticipated arrival of tsunami waves. The West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center has maintained a tsunami advisory for the Washington Coast. Please note there could be lingering effects from the earthquake in Japan and/or additional after-shocks capable of generating tsunamis. Residents are cautioned to stay off the ocean beaches until further notice.

The public is cautioned to remain alert and to pay attention to the news media and any future warnings and alerts. This notice will be updated as conditions change. Questions regarding this announcement and questions regarding this incident should be forwarded to the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center at 360-875-9341 or 360-642-9341.

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Pacific County EOC Activated for Tsunami Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2011 6:30 a.m.
Release # 2

Contact: Stephanie Fritts, Director
(360) 875-9340 or sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency activated the Emergency Operations Center in response to a tsunami advisory issued early in the day by the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center for the Washington Coast.

The EOC activated at 12:30 a.m. and immediately began assessing the circumstances. A recommendation for residents to move to high ground was issued shortly after activation. Residents were notified via the telephonic warning system, and through media releases via email, Twitter, and Facebook. Assistance to those residents unable to evacuate themselves was coordinated through the EOC with the Raymond Fire Department, Pacific County Fire District 1 and the Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department, but has now ceased due to concerns for responder safety.

The Pacific County EOC will remain activated until circumstances indicate that the threat has ended and the impact has been assessed. Currently the EOC is watching for the impact on the Pacific County coastline. When the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center indicates the threat has ended the Pacific County EOC will pass that information to residents as soon as possible.

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Pacific County Recommends Residents Move to High Ground

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2011 3:10 a.m.
Release # 1

Contact: Stephanie Fritts, Director
Pacific County Emergency Management Agency
(360) 875-9340 or sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency was notified early this morning that the county was under a tsunami watch as the result of a large earthquake in Japan that resulted in a damaging tsunami. The watch status was then changed to an advisory.

An advisory is issued due to the threat of a potential tsunami which may produce strong currents or waves dangerous to those in or near the water. Coastal regions historically prone to damage due to strong currents induced by tsunamis are at the greatest risk. The threat may continue for several hours after the arrival of the initial wave, but significant widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory. Advisories are normally updated to continue the advisory, expand/contract affected areas, upgrade to a warning, or cancel the advisory.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office is activating a telephonic warning system early this morning to advise Long Beach Peninsula residents and additional residents in low lying areas to move to high ground. The tsunami is expected to impact the Pacific County coastline at 7:05 a.m., with a wave height between one and ten feet. Residents who need assistance with evacuation should contact the Pacific County EOC at 642-9341 or 875-9341. Residents who evacuate should wait for the all clear before returning to the area. Tune to local media for further information.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

High Wind Warning for Thursday, March 10th

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning effective from 1:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Thursday.

South winds 35 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph will develop late tonight. Winds will increase to 30 mph to 45 mph with gusts to 65 mph Thursday afternoon. A few gusts to 70 mph can be expected at the coastal headlands. Strong winds are expected to develop this evening along the central Oregon Coast and move northward during early morning hours.

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.

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High Wind Warning in Effect

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning near beaches and headlands which is in effect until noon today. A high wind watch remains in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon.

South winds 40 to 50 mph with gusts to 70 mph this morning and early afternoon at beaches and headlands with south winds of 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph in the coastal communities. Winds will decrease later this afternoon as a cold front passes. South wind is expected to increase again mid Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon reaching speeds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 65 mph at headlands and beaches and south wind 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph at coastal communities.

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.

A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.

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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

High Winds Expected Tomorrow

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning which is in effect from 2:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. This replaces the high wind watch that was previously issued.

South winds becoming 30 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph are expected for the headlands and open beaches. South winds becoming 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 55 to 60 mph are expected for coastal communities. Winds will turn more southerly after midnight and increase quickly between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. with the strongest winds expected between 8:00 a.m. and noon on Wednesday. Winds will begin to ease after 1:00 p.m.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

Tree damage and power outages are possible. 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.