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

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Message from PCEMA

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend one of the Let’s Talk Tsunami community forums held in March and April. There were many excellent questions and comments! The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency appreciates the community’s participation and willingness to better prepare themselves, their families, and businesses in the event of a disaster. 

Following is a variety of information and links that were requested during the forums. Please feel free to share this information with your contacts. Again, the PCEMA office thanks you!

·         Do you live in a tsunami inundation zone? Visit the Washington State Department of Natural Resources tsunami evacuation map, click on the house icon, and enter your address to find out. 

·         Visit the PCEMA Emergency Notification System page to register your wireless and/or VoIP (Comcast, Vonage, etc.) telephone numbers to receive a call when an event may impact your geographic area.

o   Emergency Notification System: http://www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema/EmergNotifcation.htm

NOTE: Residents who live in a tsunami inundation zone and did not receive a phone call from the Pacific County Emergency Notification System the morning of March 11, 2011 for the tsunami advisory should call 360-642-9338 or 360-875-9338 and provide their name, address, phone number, and service provider.

·         If you would like to receive information on weather, disasters, and more, join the PCEMA Weather Warning Email List: provide your name and email address to drowlett@co.pacific.wa.us

·         Are you on Facebook? Like the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency page: www.facebook.com/pcema

·         If you have a wireless phone and would like to receive mobile updates when the EOC is activated, fast follow the Pacific County EOC on Twitter (even if you haven’t signed up for Twitter). Text: follow PCEOCNews to 40404

·         PCEMA Website (constantly under construction): www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema

·         PCEMA Blog: www.pcema.blogspot.com 

·         NOAA Center for Tsunami Research Japan Tsunami Main Event Page: http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/honshu20110311/

·         Washington State Emergency Management Division Website: www.emd.wa.gov 

·         Map Your Neighborhood: http://www.emd.wa.gov/myn/index.shtml (contact the PCEMA office for printed MYN materials)

·         Project Safe Haven – Vertical Evacuation on the Washington Coast: https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/wiserjc/19587/116498

Important Phone Numbers:

(360) 875-9340 – Stephanie Fritts, PCEMA Director
(360) 875-9338 – Denise Rowlett, PCEMA Deputy Director
(360) 875-9341 – Pacific County EOC (when activated)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pacific County Volunteer Honored

South Bend, Washington – Pacific County volunteer, Jackie Sheldon, will be honored for her dedication and commitment to the Pacific County community at the 2011 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony at the Executive Mansion in Olympia on April 11, 2011.

To recognize the countless acts of service performed by one of Washington’s most valuable assets – its volunteers – Governor Chris Gregoire proclaimed April 10-16 as Washington Volunteer Appreciation Week. Gregoire said, “I urge all citizens to join me in recognizing and supporting those who volunteer and serve.”

Jackie began training in emergency preparedness shortly after the December 2007 windstorm. She supports residents, businesses, county and non-governmental organizations in her efforts to encourage emergency preparedness.

Jackie provides training opportunities for Pacific County residents by coordinating individual preparedness presentations, posting tips and instructions on Facebook, and coordinating the Disaster Preparedness Fair held in September.

Jackie was recognized in the fall of 2010 by the Pacific County Emergency Management Council for her work in promoting individual emergency preparedness. Jackie serves the citizens of Pacific County in a selfless manner, volunteering hundreds of hours in 2010 and is deserving of recognition for his work.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

No Tsunami Watch, Advisory, or Warning in Effect for Washington

South Bend, Washington – Seattle news station, Q13 Fox, inaccurately reported Washington State to be under a tsunami watch after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake shook Japan this morning. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (WCATWC) reports the earthquake was not sufficient to generate a tsunami damaging to California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, or Alaska.

For the most up to date tsunami information and activity, visit the WCATWC website at http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/.

Friday, April 1, 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, April 8, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pacific County Fire District 1, 26110 Ridge Avenue, Ocean Park

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. Information will also be provided regarding NOAA weather radios.

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