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Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 Brings Change to Sheriff’s Office

South Bend, Washington – Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson announced changes to the Sheriff’s Office command staff including a retirement, promotion, and new appointment.  In November Chief Civil Deputy Debbie Allison, who has been employed by Pacific County in excess of 30 years, announced her intent to retire effective December 31, 2013.  Sheriff Johnson expressed his appreciation of Allison’s years of service and work ethic, stating that he values her attitude and principles, always treating issues as if they were her personal responsibility with the intent to work in the interest of the taxpayer and citizen safety.   

With the retirement of Deputy Allison, Sheriff Johnson has appointed Denise Rowlett as Chief Deputy, with responsibility for civil, financial, and administration operations within the office.  Rowlett has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office for over 14 years serving as Deputy Director of Emergency Management since 2008.  

Sheriff Johnson has appointed Scott McDougall to fill the position of Deputy Director of Emergency Management.  McDougall joins the office with previous experience in the fire service as well as Pacific County Fair Manager.  

The Sheriff added that he wishes Allison the best in her retirement, and is looking forward to leading the command staff team with those in new roles as we approach 2014. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pacific County Telephone Problems Continue

South Bend, Washington – Pacific County is currently experiencing a wide-spread but sporadic telephone outage.  Determining the extent of the geographic area impacted has proven to be difficult and service appears to be irregular with residents and businesses next door to each other experiencing differing levels of service.  

Most 9-1-1 lines have been re-routed to business lines and 9-1-1 call taking is functional. Pacific County believes that all wireless 9-1-1 calls are being routed to Grays Harbor County, which is transferring information to Pacific County via radio.  In addition, indications are that some landline calls are not routing appropriately.  Pacific County does not believe any 9-1-1 calls have been dropped. 

The outage is impacting all areas of the county, with reports of service interruptions coming from South Bend, Raymond, Seaview, and Ilwaco.  Long distance dialing has also been impacted.  Further testing is underway at this time.  CenturyLink has informed Pacific County that the outage is related to a fiber optic cut in the Vader area, and that the estimated time of repair is 9:00 p.m.

Again, 9-1-1 call taking is functional.  Updates will be posted to the Pacific County Facebook page as more information becomes available.


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Monday, November 18, 2013

High Wind Warning Issued

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning for the South Washington Coast in effect from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday. South winds will increase this afternoon into this evening to 45 to 50 mph.  Precipitation amounts will be 1.5” – 3.0” through Tuesday.   

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 power outages and property damage.

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

High Wind Warning Saturday


South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning for the South Washington Coast in effect from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday. South winds will increase late tonight to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph becoming northwest on Saturday afternoon.

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.

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tsunami Sirens to be Tested in Great Washington ShakeOut


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) outdoor sirens will be tested as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 10:17 a.m. with the actual tsunami siren tone (a three minute wail). The siren tone will be preceded and followed by a verbal message. The AHAB sirens in Pacific County and the other outer Washington coastal counties are being activated to conduct a true “end-to-end” test of the entire tsunami warning system. The sirens recently installed in South Bend and Raymond will be included in this test.   

This test will help familiarize residents with the sound made by the AHAB sirens during an actual tsunami warning. It will differ from the routine monthly testing that occurs on the first Monday of each month since it will broadcast an audible siren wail tone for the full three minute warning instead of a chime tone. In addition, the voice message will differ from the monthly test.
In conjunction with this event, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will also test the use of the emergency notification system, calling all landlines and registered cell and VoIP phones in the county.  Calls are expected to take place during the afternoon and evening on October 17th. To receive emergency notifications on your cell or VoIP phone, you must register at http://www.hyper-reach.com/wapacificsignup.html.
NOAA weather radios set to receive the required monthly test will also activate during this test.  

Pacific County residents are encouraged to participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut by registering at www.shakeout.org/washington/ and by conducting a personal drill such as Drop, Cover, and Hold or an evacuation walk. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

CERT Disaster Simulation Volunteers Needed


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is seeking individuals interested in volunteering to play victims for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) disaster simulations. The CERT simulations will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in Surfside. Volunteers will be put into moulage makeup to appear injured and some may be asked to act out disaster scenarios. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission. 
 
For more information or to volunteer, contact Denise Rowlett at (360) 642-9338 or email drowlett@co.pacific.wa.us.
 
 
 
 

NWS Portland Briefing - Heavy Rain and Atmospheric River


Monday, September 23, 2013

Raymond & South Bend AHAB Sirens Will Be Tested Monthly


South Bend, Washington – The next monthly test of the All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system is scheduled for Monday, October 7th at noon. AHAB sirens recently installed at the Raymond and South Bend Fire Departments will join the existing 16 sirens in Pacific County located in the areas of Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Surfside, Ocean Park, Bay Center, and North Cove. Additionally, there are two AHAB sirens located on the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation.
 
Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be impacted by adverse weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors.
 
The procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster Chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15 second verbal message stating, “The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.”
 
The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency recommends that residents of Pacific County mark their calendars for the monthly AHAB siren system test which is scheduled for the first Monday of every month at noon. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Free CERT Training This Fall


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in Surfside. Training is scheduled as follows:

Friday, September 27, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The course will be held at the Surfside Board Room (31402 H Street, Ocean Park). Pre-registration is required and is limited to 20 participants.

The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT members receive 20 hours of initial training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first two days and practical exercises during the last day. Participants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to attend.

To register or for more information, contact Denise Rowlett at (360) 642-9338 or email drowlett@co.pacific.wa.us. 
 
 
 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Pacific County Selects Emergency Notification Provider Hyper-Reach to Help Protect Lives and Property


South Bend, Washington – Telephone-based mass notifications systems are used by thousands of public safety agencies across the US to warn citizens about local emergencies, hazards and other threats.  Now Pacific County announces that they have selected Hyper-Reach to help bring this same life-saving capability to the area.   

The new emergency notification system will provide rapid notification of hazardous and urgent situations using a mix of telephone calls, text and email messages, and even TTY/TDD service for the hearing impaired.  And there’s a free smartphone app for iPhones and Android devices that allows users to display and organize messages for specific addresses that are important to them.  

“Our job is to protect the citizens of Pacific County as effectively and cost-effectively as possible.” said Stephanie Fritts, Director of Emergency Management for Pacific County.  “We reviewed all the major vendors for emergency notification service, and Hyper-Reach gave us everything we needed at an unbelievable price.  We’re really excited about this new capability.” 

The County plans to use the service primarily for alerts about weather and environmental hazards, criminal activity and missing persons.  Landline phones are automatically enrolled, but mobile phones are only included when people enroll.  Residents, visitors, and people who work in Pacific County are encouraged to enroll now by going to the website http://www.hyper-reach.com/wapacificsignup.html 
 
Residents who have previously registered through the old system have been automatically uploaded to the new system. However, PCEMA strongly encourages you re-enroll because of the enhancements in the new system. Feel free to contact the PCEMA office at 360-875-9340 or 360-875-9338 if you have any questions or need additional information.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Starter Emergency Supply Kits for Low Income Families

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting an event to distribute starter emergency supply kits to low income families of Pacific County. Participants will learn how to respond personally to a disaster as well as how to use the supplies in their kits. Everyone is encouraged to attend this training; however, kits are limited and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

The event will be held at Pacific County Fire District 1 (26110 Ridge Avenue in Ocean Park) on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required to attend this event.

Supplies to create these kits were donated by Pacific County residents in a disaster preparedness supply drive that was held in January. Supplies gathered include 101 bottles of water, 26 flashlights, 13 fleece blankets, 50 knit hats, and many others.

For more information please contact Kirsten Harvill at 360-875-9409 or kharvill@co.pacific.wa.us.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Three Day Community Emergency Response Team Training


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a three day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The course is scheduled for Friday, June 28th through Sunday, June 30th.

The training will be held at the Pacific County Administration Facility in Long Beach (7013 Sandridge Road) from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Participants should bring their lunch each day. 

Complete attendance is required to graduate from the course. Course units are a combination of hands-on tutorial, presentation with lecture, and group activities with discussion. All course materials will be provided. Accommodations will gladly be made for participants with special needs. Participants under the age of 18 will need parent/guardian permission to attend. 


Pre-registration is required.  To register or for more informatoin, contact PCEMA AmeriCorps Member Kirsten Harvill at 360-642-9409 or kharvill@co.pacific.wa.us.  

Friday, May 24, 2013

Become an AmeriCorps Service Member


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is seeking qualified candidates to become an AmeriCorps service member to 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 communities.

Applications will be accepted until June 21, 2013. To apply, please visit https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50690&fromSearch=true.

AmeriCorps program benefits include a living stipend, health insurance, childcare assistance if eligible, training, and an education award upon successful completion of service term. The service term begins September 1, 2013 and ends July 15, 2014.

Desired qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge of office equipment
  • Ability to communicate effectively and independently in written and oral form with a variety of community groups, agencies, and officials
  • Lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Experience in emergency management, community involvement, and/or education preferred but not required

Eligibility:
  • Be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Be 18-25 years of age at the start date of the service term
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Pass required criminal background checks
  • Not be listed on the National Sex Offender Public Registry
 
Compensation:
  • Living stipend of $1,155 per month (before taxes)
  • Training and experience
  • Subsidized childcare (if qualified)
  • Health Insurance (member only and if no other health insurance coverage)
  • Student loan forbearance (on qualifying loans)
  • $5,550 Education Award provided by National Service Trust (upon successful completion of service term commitment and 1700 hours of service)
 
Visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps for more information about AmeriCorps. If you have questions about the AmeriCorps service member position or project, contact Denise Rowlett at drowlett@co.pacific.wa.us or call (360) 875-9338.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Starter Emergency Supply Kits for Low Income Families


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting an emergency supply kit event designed to distribute starter emergency supply kits to low income families of Pacific County. Participants will learn how to respond personally to a disaster, as well as how to use the supplies in their kits. Everyone is encouraged to attend this training; however, kits are limited to the first 20 residents who meet specified income levels.

Supplies to create these kits were donated by Pacific County residents in a disaster preparedness supply drive that was held in January. Supplies gathered include 101 bottles of water, 26 flashlights, 13 fleece blankets, 50 knit hats, and many others.

The event will be held at the North Willapa Harbor Grange (3198 State Rt. 105, Grayland, WA) on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

For more information about this event please contact Kirsten Harvill at 360-875-9409 or kharvill@co.pacific.wa.us.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

South Beach Cleanup

Long Beach, Washington – AmeriCorps Member Leanna Reuss, in coordination with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA), is organizing a beach cleanup of the Grayland / South Beach area of Pacific County. This event will be on Saturday, April 20, 2013 and will start at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers should approach the beach from Warrenton Cannery Road approach and may pick up a garbage bag at the check-in point as they approach the beach. Full garbage bags may be returned to a dumpster located at or near the check-in point. There will also be a limited number of trash grabbers available for volunteers who need them.

Parking is available off the Cranberry Beach Road in the state park for volunteers with Discovery Passes. The section of beach that will be cleaned is approximately 3.5 miles long and accessible from two approaches - Warrenton Cannery Road and Cranberry Beach Road. Volunteers from all over the area are encouraged to come enjoy a day at the beach and help keep Washington’s coastline clean.

If you want more information or would like to volunteer without cleaning the beach by helping sign others in you may contact Leanna Reuss at (360) 642-4482 or lreuss@co.pacific.wa.us.

Pacific County Preparedness Fair

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) will be hosting the annual Pacific County Preparedness Fair at the Ilwaco High School Gym – Hilltop Campus on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
 
The Preparedness Fair activities are as follows:
 
10:00 am – Fair Opens
10:00 am – Disastrous Campout – Aaron Webster
11:00 am – Organizing Your Vital Documents – Senja Antilla
11:00 am – Hands-on Fire Suppression Training – Ilwaco Fire Department
12:00 pm – Poster Contest Winners Announced
1:00 pm – Tsunami Debris: Volunteering to Keep Pacific County Beaches Clean - Leanna Reuss
1:30 pm – Door Prize Winners Announced
2:00 pm – Fair Closes

Preparedness Fair exhibitors will range from a wide variety of industries and organizations that relate to personal, home, and business preparedness and safety.

The Ocean Beach Hospital will have their decontamination tent on display throughout the duration of the fair. Attendees will be able to walk through the tent and see the process it will take to decontaminate during a pandemic.

Aaron Webster, from Cape Disappointment State Park will set up a "disastrous campout" outside where he will demonstrate some of the right and wrong ways to build a shelter, make a fire, and survive in comfort.

A hands-on fire suppression tutorial will be facilitated by the Ilwaco Fire Department outside the Ilwaco High School at 11:00 am and will last the duration of the fair. Participants will have the opportunity to suppress a real fire with an extinguisher. Children are welcome to participate.

"Prepare to be a Hero" posters created by Naselle, Long Beach, and Ocean Park elementary school students will be on display at the fair. Contest winners will be announced and awarded at 12:00 p.m.

The Pacific County Preparedness Fair was inspired by the success of the annual preparedness fair held in Ocean Park and organized by community volunteer Jackie Sheldon. All Pacific County residents are encouraged to attend.

Individuals, businesses, groups, and organizations interested in participating as exhibitors or volunteers, may contact Kirsten Harvill at (360) 875-9409 or kharvill@co.pacific.wa.us.

Friday, March 8, 2013

NOAA Weather Radio Event


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Washington Emergency Management Division to host a NOAA Weather Radio Program on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Grays Harbor College Riverview Education Center (600 Washington Ave, Raymond, WA) in Raymond.  The program is designed to educate the public on the warnings and alerts that may be issued from the National Weather Service.

Program participants will learn important information about tsunamis and how to make a home preparedness kit during a presentation by the Washington State Emergency Management Division. Participants may be eligible to receive a NOAA weather radio at no cost. All Pacific County residents are welcome to attend this training; however, radios are limited to the first 50 residents who meet the specified income levels. Programming assistance will be provided.

The NOAA Weather Radio Program is coordinated by the Washington State Emergency Management Division, the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, and the Grays Harbor College.
 
Please contact AmeriCorps Member Kirsten Harvill at (360) 875-9409 for more information.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

“Let’s Talk Tsunamis” Presentations Scheduled


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) has organized five “Let’s Talk Tsunami” presentations with the Timberland Regional Libraries in Pacific County. The presentations are scheduled as follows: 

·    Naselle Timberland Library
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – 6:00 pm

·    South Bend Timberland Library
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 5:30 pm

·    Ocean Park Timberland Library
Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 12:00 pm

·    Raymond Timberland Library
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 6:00 pm

·    Ilwaco Timberland Library
Saturday, March 30, 2013 – 11:00 am

“Let’s Talk Tsunamis” is a public education series created by PCEMA. The series provides information about what tsunamis are and how they function, tsunami evacuation, the tsunami warning system, tsunami history, local and distant tsunamis, hazard mitigation, and neighborhood and personal preparedness.

If you’d like additional information, please contact AmeriCorps Member Kirsten Harvill at
(360) 875/642-9409 or kharvill@co.pacific.wa.us.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Japan Tsunami Remembrance


Long Beach, Washington – AmeriCorps service member Leanna Reuss, in coordination with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, the City of Long Beach, and the World Kite Museum, is organizing a remembrance day to acknowledge the lives affected by the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The Japan Tsunami Remembrance event is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. on March 10th at the World Kite Museum.
The purpose of this event is to remember the Japanese people and applaud their resilience and recovery after the enormous 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami of two years ago. In addition, the agencies intend to increase knowledge of Japanese culture and demonstrate that Pacific County does not blame the Japanese for the tsunami debris that has washed ashore. In fact, the people of the community view these items and their origin as interesting and educational. The agenda for the day includes:

  • Welcome, crane display, and moment of silence
  • Speech from the Mayor of Long Beach
  • Reading of Consulate-General of Japan’s Statement
  • Director of the World Kite Museum will welcome kite flyers
  • Kite flyers will fly their kites at the beach
People are encouraged to visit the World Kite Museum the morning of March 10th to look at the Japanese kite display and to make an origami crane or two. In Japanese legend, making 1,000 origami cranes brings eternal good luck or a wish. To bring luck to Japan, people are invited to make cranes at the museum before or after the event. The cranes will be displayed through the middle of June. If you are interested in making cranes prior to the event a template and instructions are available on the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PCEMA. Please bring them to the museum on March 10th.

As a final note, please be aware that Daylight Savings Time begins the morning of the 10th. The clocks will “spring forward” turning 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. If you have questions or need additional information about the event. Pease contact Lea Reuss at 360-642-4482 or email lreuss@co.pacific.wa.us.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Keeping Pacific County Beaches Clean


Long Beach, Washington - AmeriCorps Member Leanna Reuss, in coordination with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) and the City of Long Beach, is recruiting volunteers in an on-going effort to assist in cleaning Pacific County beaches of tsunami and other marine debris. Leanna can be contacted at Long Beach City Hall, 115 Bolstad West, Long Beach, WA 98631. Garbage bags and maps of Pacific County beaches along with guidelines regarding different types of debris are available for volunteer use.
 
The tsunami that hit Japan began to deposit debris on the shores of North America in early 2012, but debris has been inundating the coastline for years. Leanna is encouraging people from all over to participate to clean beaches in Pacific County. From residents to visitors, everyone who is willing to help is welcome.
 
Leanna is serving at Long Beach City Hall through August 15, 2013, and is in city hall Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Even if you are unsure about volunteering, residents and visitors are welcome to drop by city hall and ask questions about the clean up or the tsunami.

For more information about volunteering or to schedule weekend dates in advance, contact Leanna Reuss at 360-642-4482 or email lreuss@co.pacific.wa.us. Leanna is also available to speak to civic or non-profit organizations about tsunami debris and how to volunteer. To learn more about tsunami marine debris visit http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/.

Friday, January 11, 2013

A National Day of Service: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


South Bend, Washington – As a part of a National Day of Service, AmeriCorps Members Lea Reuss and Kirsten Harvill will be promoting their AmeriCorps projects on Monday, January 21st from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Dennis Company in both Long Beach and Raymond. 
 
Kirsten and Lea serve with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency and have projects geared at disaster preparedness public education and volunteer coordination for tsunami debris cleanup.
 
In 1994 Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as a national day of service. The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service; AmeriCorps Members view it as a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. During this holiday, many AmeriCorps and community members organize projects designed to give back and strengthen their communities. 
 
For more information about the AmeriCorps projects or the MLK Day of Service please contact AmeriCorps Member Lea Reuss at 642-4482 or lreuss@co.pacific.wa.us or AmeriCorps Member Kirsten Harvill at 875-9409 or kharvill@co.pacific.wa.us.

Free Public Event: Tsunami Train-the-Trainer

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) will be offering a free tsunami public education course on February 14, 2013 at the Grays Harbor College Columbia Education Center (208 Advent Ave. S.E.) in Ilwaco. The course will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Workbooks will be provided. 

Topics for the course include: near and far source tsunami events and scenarios, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, tsunami modeling, inundation mapping in Washington State, local vulnerabilities, emergency management systems, tsunami response, how to reduce risks, and community training.

The Train-the-Trainer program aims to develop an educational curriculum to train qualified tsunami public education instructors. It is a joint effort of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and the Washington State Emergency Management Division (WAEMD), and has been organized locally by PCEMA. Participants will gain skills and knowledge regarding: local hazards, risk reduction, tsunami response, and community assessment. The goal of this course is to better prepare the citizens and communities of Pacific County by developing and coordinating disaster preparedness public education programs.

Anyone interested in participating must pre-register with AmeriCorps Member Kirsten Harvill by calling (360) 875-9409 or (360) 642-9409 or email kharvill@co.pacific.wa.us.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Preparedness Drive


South Bend, Washington – AmeriCorps Member Kirsten Harvill, in coordination with the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA), is organizing a disaster preparedness supply drive for low income families throughout Pacific County.  Items will be collected from January 7th to February 8th.

Items that can be donated include:

·         Bottles of water, water filters
·         Non-perishable food items
·         Battery powered or hand cranked radio
·         Flashlights, glow sticks
·         First aid supplies: bandages, gauze, etc.
·         Dust masks
·         Garbage bags
·         Basic tools
·         Space blankets
·         Backpacks

Other supplies that may be useful in a disaster are welcome too.

Items can be donated at any of the following locations:

·         Everybody’s, Raymond
·         Pioneer Grocery, South Bend
·         Jack’s Country Store, Ocean Park
·         Dennis Company, Raymond
·         Dennis Company, Long Beach
·         The Local Store, Grayland

Donations will be put together in kits for low income families in Pacific County.

If you’d like more information about the project, or would like to have a donation bin at your business, please contact PCEMA AmeriCorps Member Kirsten Harvill at 360-875-9409 or kharvill@co.pacific.wa.us.