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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 3:00 pm this afternoon until 9:00 am Wednesday for the South Washington and Northern Oregon Coast.
South Winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60-70 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast for coastal communities is for South winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45-55 mph at times.

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.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Request for Proposal (RFP) Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Plan Date Issued: October 17, 2014 Proposal Due: 4:30 pm December 2, 2014

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is currently seeking proposals from qualified consultants to update the Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan that meets all requirements under 44 CFR Part 201.6.

As described in the Federal Register (Volume 67, Numbers 38 and 109, dated February 26, 2002 and October 2002 respectively,) Section 322 of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that all local governments adopt an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan (Plan) to be eligible to receive future hazard mitigation grant funding. The purpose of the Plan is to demonstrate the “jurisdiction’s commitment to reduce risks from natural hazards, serving as a guide for decision-makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards. Local plans will also serve as the basis for the State to provide technical assistance and to prioritize project funding.”

To fulfill this requirement, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency seeks consultant services in order to update the existing Hazard Mitigation Plan thereby meeting the necessary requirements of and is approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA).

To request a complete proposal packet, contact Scott McDougall smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us, 360-875-9338, or visit the Pacific County website at www.co.pacific.wa.us
Proposals should be mailed to:

Stephanie Fritts, Director
Pacific County Emergency Management Agency
PO Box 27
South Bend, WA 98586

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tsunami Warning Issued in Error

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has learned that a tsunami Warning has been issued in error by AccuWeather (www.accuweather.com) a web and app based weather releated software program/company. There is currently no Tsunami Warning in effect for the Long Beach Peninsula. Questions may be directed to Scott McDougall at Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (360)875-9338.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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 16, 2014, at 10:16 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.
NOAA weather radios set to receive the required monthly test will also activate during this test.

Pacific County employees will also be participating in this important event, as a result the public may experience disruptions to normal customer service during the exercise.

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.