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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Winter Storm Damage Reporting - Deadline Extended

South Bend, Washington – Residents who experienced damage to their homes or businesses in Pacific County due to the winter storm beginning January 13, 2012 are encouraged to report damage to the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency.  This information assists in an overall damage assessment and is used to justify a request for federal assistance programs to support disaster recovery.  Damage reports may be made by telephone between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., through 3:00 p.m. February 7, 2012, to one of the following numbers: 

(360) 875-9340            (360) 642-9340                  (360) 484-7340               (360) 267-8340
(360) 875-9338            (360) 642-9338                  (360) 484-7338               (360) 267-8338

When calling, residential reporters must be prepared to provide answers to the following questions: 

1.     Street address and zip code
2.     Fair market value of the primary residence structure (vacation homes and land excluded,  not applicable to renters)
3.     Best guess of structural losses in whole dollars (do not wait for a contractor; outbuildings, landscaping, and fences excluded, renters excluded)
4.     Best estimate of personal property loss in whole dollars
5.     Homeowners/renters insurance deductible
6.     Are you living in your home (yes/no)
7.     If leaving a message, include your telephone number

Business owners must be prepared to answer the following questions:

1.     Street address and zip code
2.     Fair market value of the business
3.     Best guess of structural losses in whole dollars
4.     Estimated business furnishings/inventory loss in whole dollars
5.     Was the business closed – if so how many days
6.     Do you have business continuity insurance
7.     If leaving a message, include your telephone number

This information will be entered into a database for inclusion in a statewide assessment and does not qualify residents for emergency assistance. 

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Updated January 31, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

High Wind Warning & Flood Watch in Effect through Saturday

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning which is in effect until 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning. South winds to 45 mph with gusts of 65 to 75 mph are expected along beaches and headlands. Coastal communities can expect south winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 60 mph.

The flood watch remains in effect through Saturday morning for portions of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. Heavy rain this week has saturated the ground in many areas and rivers are running high. An additional one to one and one and a half inches of rain are possible along the coast and coast range.

Another storm is expected Sunday evening. 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.

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 flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on the current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Flood Watch in Effect

South Bend, Washington –The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood watch in effect through Friday morning for portions of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. Heavy rain and snowmelt is causing sharp rises on several rivers and creeks.

Pacific County is headed into a week of high tides. Minor flooding is possible on several rivers. Street flooding and ponding is also a possibility with the slushy snow and heavy rain.

Winds of 30 mph and gusts up to 45 mph are expected to continue until 4:00 p.m. today on the Southwest Washington coast. The highest winds were predicted to hit the Oregon coast, and Lincoln City, OR has reported gusts of up to 84 mph early this morning.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.  You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings.  Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. 

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the latest river stages and forecasts. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Potential for Snow Continues Through Wednesday

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) participated in a weather briefing with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland this morning. Pacific County is divided in terms of potential weather impacts over the next 24 hours. The western portion of Pacific County remains under a winter weather watch while the eastern portion is under a winter weather warning.

·        Steady snow showers may continue through this afternoon. Snow accumulations of one to three inches are expected mainly above 500 feet.
·        A more organized system will spread steadier precipitation across the region later tonight and Wednesday. Temperatures may be cold enough for a portion of this to fall as snow before switching over to rain on Wednesday morning. The prime threat for snow is midnight to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.
·        New snow accumulation of 10-20 inches in the Willapa Hills is expected by Wednesday afternoon.
·        High winds are also expected with this system with the highest winds impacting the Central Oregon Coast. Pacific County can expect sustained winds of 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. The prime threat for high winds is 6:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.  

A high degree of uncertainty remains as to where the snow will fall and where snow will turn to rain. PCEMA will continue to monitor the situation as it develops. Residents are always encouraged to update their emergency kits for vehicle and home and to be prepared for dangerous driving conditions.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring.  Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous.  Only travel in an emergency.  If you must travel keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. 

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.

Monday, January 16, 2012

RESCHEDULED: Tsunami Debris - Treasure or Trash?

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be RESCHEDULING  three public presentations to discuss the marine debris generated by the March 2011 Japanese tsunami and its potential to impact the Pacific County coastline.  

Presentation dates and times will be announced after presenters and venues have been contacted regarding available dates.  A revised schedule will be published as soon as plans are coordinated. 

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency thanks everyone for their patience and encourages all residents to make personal safety their priority!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tsunami Debris: Treasure or Trash?

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has arranged three public presentations to discuss the marine debris generated by the March 2011 Japanese tsunami and its potential to impact the Pacific County coastline.   
Presentations are scheduled for:

January 17, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at the Peninsula Church Center, Seaview, WA

January 18, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at the Ocean Park Firehall, Ocean Park, WA

January 18, 2012, 5:30 p.m. at the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Center, Tokeland, WA

The Regional Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program will lead the presentation. In addition, representatives from the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Emergency Management Division, and Washington State Department of Health have been invited to answer questions that might arise specific to their areas of expertise. 

The public and local agencies and organizations are welcome to attend any of the presentations, which are intended to be of an informational nature. 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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 4:00 p.m. this afternoon to 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. South winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph along beaches and headlands are expected.

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.