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

Friday, February 28, 2014

Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Animal Planning Workshop

South Bend, WA – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be coordinating an Animal Emergency Plan Workshop on March 14, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – noon in the South Pacific County Administration Facility, Meeting Room A, 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach. Recent experiences from other areas around the nation have underscored the importance of having a coordinated Animal Emergency Plan. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has identified this as a goal for 2014. 
 
The public is welcome to attend.  If you would like to have your comments heard but are unable to attend, you may email them to Scott McDougall, Deputy Director, PCEMA smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us by the end of business on March 12, 2014.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Free CERT Training This Spring


 

 

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in Long Beach. Training is scheduled as follows:
 
Friday, April 4, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 · 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

The course will be held at the Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort (12415 Pacific Way, Long Beach). 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 Scott McDougall at (360) 642-9338 or email smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us. 
           

Monday, February 17, 2014

High Wind Warning Issued for Tuesday

South Bend - The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning for the south Washington Coast which is in effect from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST Tuesday.

Winds near headlands and beaches will be south 35 mph to 45 mph with gusts to 70 mph.   In coastal communities winds will be south 30 mph to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph.  The strongest winds expected late Tuesday morning through the early 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.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Flood Warning Issued for Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated at 8:45 p.m. that heavy rain was falling over the area, which will cause flooding. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen and up to two more inches of rain are possible overnight.  Locations that might experience flooding include Frances, Raymond, Naselle, Lebam, Brooklyn, Willapa, Seaview, Nemah, Chinook, and Menlo.  The warning is in effect through 2:45 a.m. Monday.  

This includes U.S. Highway 101, State Route 4 between mile markers 1 and 9, and State Route 6 between mile markers 1 and 24.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

A flood warning means that flooding is either imminent or already occurring. The magnitude of rainfall that is occurring may cause very rapid rises on smaller streams and rivers tonight.

Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

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, February 14, 2014

High Wind Watch Upgraded to a High Wind Warning Corrected


South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has upgraded the high wind watch to a high wind warning in effect from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday for the south Washington and north Oregon coasts.

South winds in or near coastal communities will be 30 mph to 40 mph with gusts to between 55 mph and 60 mph.  South winds near the beaches and headlands will blow 35 to 45 mph with gusts to approximately 65 mph or 70 mph.   Peak winds are expected mid-afternoon with a break Saturday night.  Another round of strong winds is expected late Sunday and Sunday night. 

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.





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Quake-Catcher Network Installed in Pacific County Schools

 

South Bend, Washington – Robert de Groot, Ph.D. of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), will lead a discussion with students, faculty, and staff about his recent work during February 18 – 21, 2014 installing Quake-Catcher Network (QCN) sensors  in Pacific County schools, museums, and other locations. He will discuss how QCN will add to seismic data collected in Pacific County and enhance earthquake science education in Pacific County schools.  

Quake-Catcher Network Presentation

­Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:30 am: Discussion with Robert de Groot, SCEC

Location:   South Bend High School – Library, 400 E. 1st St., South Bend, WA, 98586 

The Quake-Catcher Network is a collaborative initiative for developing the world’s largest, low-cost seismic network by utilizing sensors in and attached to Internet-connected computers, led by Elizabeth Cochran at USGS – Pasadena and scientists at Stanford University. QCN sensors, such as the ones being installed in Pacific County schools, are citizen-science oriented and can be installed in homes, museums, and schools.
 
This event is being held in collaboration with the Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP), Washington Military Department – Emergency Management Division, Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, EarthScope, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), Key Environmental Solutions, and South Bend High School. 

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

High Wind Watch Upgraded to Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has upgraded the high wind watch to a high wind warning in effect from 6:00 p.m. this evening to 4:00 a.m. Wednesday for the south Washington and north and central Oregon coasts.

South winds in or near coastal communities will be 30 to 40 mph with gusts to approximately 65 mph.  South winds near the beaches and headlands will blow 40 to 50 mph with gusts to approximately 75 mph.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

These winds will possibly cause tree damage, and may result in power disruptions.  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.




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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Emergency Notification System Test for South Pacific County

South Bend, Washington – Residents of South Pacific County will receive a test call from the Pacific County Emergency Notification System on February 13, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The test will call all landlines and registered cellular and VoIP phones from Nemah to South Pacific County. No calls will be placed in the North County.

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been working with Hyper-Reach, the emergency notification system provider, as well as CenturyLink and Wahkiakum West to address potential issues that were identified during an initial test of the system on October 17, 2013.

Pacific County residents are encouraged to visit http://co.pacific.wa.us/pcema/Notification.htm to register their cellular or VoIP phones to receive emergency notifications. Notifications may also be received via text message, email, and or TDD depending on preferences selected during registration. A list of frequently asked questions can also be found at this website.

Residents with questions or requiring additional information should contact Scott McDougall at (360) 642-9338, (360) 484-7338, or (360) 875-9338.