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

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

911 Lines Operational Despite Telephone Line Failures

July 6, 2011 – 12:00 p.m.

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

South Bend, Washington – Reports from south Pacific County Residents indicate that many areas of the county are experiencing both telephone and Internet failures this morning.  Some areas of the Long Beach Peninsula report being unable to dial out using landline telephone service while other areas remain able to do so.  The status of wireless telephone service by area of the Long Beach Peninsula is currently undetermined. 

Testing performed by the Pacific County 911 Center indicates that all 911 lines remain operational.  The cause of the failures is unknown.  Announcements informing emergency responders of the circumstances were made via the public safety radio frequencies. 

Please remember to use 911 in any situation where someone’s health, safety or property is threatened.  If there is no immediate risk to someone’s health, safety or property, you can use a non-emergency number to ask for help.

If you are reporting an emergency, make sure you are in a safe location before you call 911. If there is a fire in your home, evacuate your family and then call 911 from a safe location.   Listen carefully to the emergency operator, answer all questions, and wait for further instructions.

And always, know your location when calling 911. 

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Friday, July 1, 2011

AmeriCorps VISTA Member Recruitment

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been awarded an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member position for the 2011-2012 program year.  The VISTA member will 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 with a focus on low income and vulnerable communities. 

VISTA program benefits include a living allowance, health coverage, childcare assistance if eligible, training, and choice of education award or end of service stipend.  Interested parties should apply online at http://www.americorps.gov/.  Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2011.  

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.   

VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a non-profit organization or local government agency, working to strengthen community groups, build organizational capacity, help communities respond to disasters, and much more.   

For more information about the VISTA member position or project, contact Denise Rowlett at (360) 875-9338 or email drowlett@co.pacific.wa.us.