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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Naselle River Flood Warning

The National Weather Service Issues Flood Warning for the Willapa River

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Flood Warning for
the Naselle River . The warning is in effect for this evening to Wednesday morning.  At 2:00 p.m. Tuesday the river level was 11.6 feet and flowing at 4310 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is 15.5 feet and flood flow is 8000 cubic feet per second. Minor flooding is forecast.

The river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday December 8, and is expected to crest at 15.6 ft around 11:00 p.m. Expected Impacts include pasture land flooding and water surrounding homes near the river flooding, a few roads roads will be flooded at this level including low lying areas of SR 4.

When roads are flooded road surfaces can be undermined or missing, cars can be swept away by as little as a foot of water. When facing flooded roadways, remember, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”


The National Weather Service Issues Flood Warning for the Willapa River



South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Flood Warning for
The Willapa River near Willapa. The warning is in effect for this evening to Wednesday evening.  At 10:00 AM Tuesday the river level was 12.8 feet and flowing at 4940 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is 21.0 feet and flood flow is 10800 cubic feet per second. Minor flooding is forecast.

The river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday December 8, and is expected to crest at 22.5 ft around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday December 9. Expected Impacts include widespread flooding, numerous roads will be flooded with deep and swiftly moving water including Heckard Road and US 101. The magnitude of flooding on US 101 will depend on the tide.

When roads are flooded road surfaces can be undermined or missing, cars can be swept away by as little as a foot of water. When facing flooded roadways, remember, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

  

Monday, December 7, 2015

More High Wind Expected

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday December 7, for the South Washington Coast and the Willapa Hills. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South winds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts 55 to 65 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast inland is for southeast winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Winds will begin increasing late Monday morning and continue through the afternoon. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause power interruptions. Isolated power outages are possible, and travel may be difficult due to damaged trees in the roadway.

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. Trees may fall across roadways with little warning. 

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, December 4, 2015

NWS Issues Second High Wind Warning of the Week for Saturday

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 10:00 a.m. Saturday December 4, to 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning for the South Washington Coast and the Willapa Hills. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

Southeast winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts 55 to 65 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast inland is for southeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts 45 to 50 mph. Winds will begin increasing late Saturday morning with the strongest winds Saturday afternoon and evening, decreasing by midnight. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause power interruptions. Isolated power outages are possible, and travel may be difficult due to damaged trees in the roadway.

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. Trees may fall across roadways with little warning 

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.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

NWS Issues High Wind Warning



South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect Thursday, December 3, from noon to 7:00 p.m. for the South Washington Coast and the Willapa Hills. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts 55 to 65 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast inland is for south winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Winds will begin increasing Thursday morning with the strongest winds occurring between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause power interruptions.

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. Trees may fall across roadways with little warning 

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.

Monday, November 16, 2015

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 10:00 a.m. Tuesday November 17 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening for the South Washington Coast and the Willapa Hills. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South winds of 30 to 45 mph with gusts to 65 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast inland is for south winds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Winds will begin increasing Tuesday morning with the strongest winds occurring between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and cause power interruptions.

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. Trees may fall across roadways with little warning. 

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.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Free CERT Training This November


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) on the Long Beach Peninsula.  Training is scheduled as follows:

Saturday November 14, 2015 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 15 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 · 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 · 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 with an option of an additional 8 hours of pet preparedness training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first three 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


Friday, October 9, 2015

It’s a ShakeOut Selfie Contest



South Bend, Washington – There is lots “Shaking” during the Great Washington ShakeOut in Pacific County! 

·        The Pacific County All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) outdoor sirens will be tested as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 10:15 a.m. with the actual tsunami siren tone (a three minute wail). The siren tone will be preceded and followed by a verbal message. 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.

·        Residents can enter the PCEMA “ShakeOut Selfie Contest” by visiting the PCEMA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pcema and reading and following the stated contest rules. 
  
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.  





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Friday, September 25, 2015

PCEMA to Hold Hazard Mitigation Plan Meetings



South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is in the process of updating the Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan, first published in 2010. 

PCEMA will lead three public meetings to review and revise the draft update of Pacific County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The hazard mitigation planning process has been guided by BOLDplanning, a consultant, by providing on-site process facilitation, stakeholder outreach, data collection and analysis, plan writing, and through the coordination of strategy development. The mitigation plan addresses Pacific County’s natural hazards, vulnerabilities and complies with state and federal regulations. The meetings will be held as follows:

·        October 8th, 9:00 a.m., Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room, Pacific County Annex, 1216 W Robert Bush Drive, South Bend
·         October 9th, 11:00 a.m., Naselle Timberland Library, 4 Parpala Road, Naselle
·        Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Preparedness Fair, October 10th; 1:00 p.m., Ocean Park School Library, 25701 Vernon Avenue, Ocean Park. 

These meetings are planned with public input in mind. Any questions may be directed to Chief Deputy Stephanie Fritts, sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us or (360) 642/875-9340.

AHAB 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 15, 2015, at 10:15 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 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.   

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pacific County Preparedness Fair October 10th

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting a Preparedness Fair on Saturday October 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The fair will take place in the Ocean Park Elementary School Gym. There will be exhibits, demonstrations, and games designed to educate the community on how to prepare for and to survive during and following a disaster.
                                              
The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will also be hosting a public meeting to share and discuss the draft update of the Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This meeting will be an important opportunity to see and comment on the proposed updates to the plan, and will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Ocean Park Elementary School Library. 

Preparedness and planning are two of the most important components in surviving any disaster. Please contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling (360) 642-9338 or 875-9338 for more information.

Friday, August 28, 2015

High Wind Warning Issued for Saturday

South Bend, Washington – The high wind watch previously issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) has been upgraded to high wind warning which will be in effect from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT Saturday for the South Washington coast.

Winds for the beaches and headlands are predicted to be south 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph.   Coastal community winds are predicted to be south 25 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 60 mph.  The strongest winds are predicted to occur between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

The winds may be strong enough to damage trees and produce power disruptions. These winds could cause problems for outdoor events especially those with temporary outdoor facilities such as tents and canopies.

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 to 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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Friday, August 7, 2015

Free CERT Training

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

Monday, October 19th, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, October 23rd 2015 – 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 24th – 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The course will be held at the Riverview Education Center (600 Washington Avenue, Raymond, WA 98586). Pre-registration is required and is limited to 24 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 five days and practical exercises during the sixth 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) 875-9338 or email smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New NOAA Weather Radio Event

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Washington Emergency Management Division to host three NOAA Weather Radio Giveaways on Wednesday July 15th, 2015. The first will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Surf Pines Apartments, 141 First Avenue North, Ilwaco. The second will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Center 21603 O Ln, Ocean Park.  The third will be at Willapa Harbor Hospital, 800 Alder Street, South Bend, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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. Programming assistance will be provided.

Please contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at (360) 642 or 875-9338 or at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us for more information.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Red Flag Warning Issued for Pacific County



South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning for lightning which is in effect from 6:00 p.m. this evening to 11:00 a.m. Sunday. This replaces the Fire Weather Watch previously in effect.

A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high. The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above.

The National Weather Service Portland Office has issued the following forecast for Pacific County: Saturday partly cloudy with highs 75 to 80 and north wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Sunday partly sunny, slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning and a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 70 to 80 with southwest wind 5 to 10 miles per hour and chance of precipitation at 20 percent.

As conditions can change frequently, PCEMA will not be posting updated information. Residents are encouraged to check with the Weather Service website for updated information at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/. In addition check local jurisdictional burning regulations and be extremely careful and cautious regarding fire ignition sources.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

NOAA Weather Radio Event

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Washington Emergency Management Division to host a pair of NOAA Weather Radio Giveaways on Wednesday June 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The South Pacific County Administration Facility, 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach and also at 2:00 p.m. at Hunters Inn in Naselle, 1060 SR 4, in Naselle.  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. Programming assistance will be provided.

Please contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at (360) 642 or 484-9338 or at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us for more information.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Phone Service Restored to Residents in the Naselle Area near Youth Camp

South Bend, Washington – Wahkiakum West Telephone Company has notified the Pacific County Communications Agency that the telephone outage has been repaired. Anyone having questions may contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling 360-591-6506.

Phone Service Interrupted to Residents in the Naselle Area near Youth Camp

South Bend, Washington – Wahkiakum West Telephone Company has notified the Pacific County Communications Agency of a telephone outage affecting approximately 40 households in the area near the Naselle Youth Camp. According to Chief Deputy Stephanie Fritts from the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, repairs are being made at the site of the culvert collapse on SR 4 adjacent to the Youth Camp. It is unknown at this time how long the outage will last.

It has been reported that cell phones have been affected as well. Any emergency reports should be made in person, to the Washington State Patrol, at their office located at 797 SR 4 just east of the Naselle School.

The State Patrol office will be staffed until 4:30 p.m. This information will be updated when repairs are completed. If repairs are not completed by 4:30 p.m. reporting information will be made available prior to that time. Anyone having questions may contact PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling 360-484/642/875-9338.


Monday, May 18, 2015

PCEMA Seeks AmeriCorps Service Member to Conduct Public Outreach


South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is currently seeking applicants for an AmeriCorps Service Member to serve as a Public Education Outreach Coordinator. This Disaster Preparedness Public Education Outreach project will focus on the continued development of disaster preparedness public education programs, coordination and/or instruction of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) programs, building partnerships with area businesses and schools, developing emergency response resource lists and contacts, and building capabilities for the access and functional needs population including community members identified as economically disadvantaged. The goal of this effort is to develop a cadre of volunteer public educators that have the skills and abilities to educate the citizens and communities in Pacific County about disaster preparedness, the coordination and delivery of public education programs and presentations, as well as the recruitment of volunteer community level responders. 

The Service term is September 1, 2015-July 15, 2016. There is a monthly stipend $1155.00 and a $5,645 Education Award available upon successful completion of the service term.  The position benefits include a health plan, as well as childcare for those who qualify. Participants must be age 18-25. Anyone who is interested in applying can do so at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50690&fromSearch=true.  If you have questions or need additional information contact Scott McDougall at: 360-642-9338/360-875-9338 or:                          smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Come Share Your Tsunami Information

Here is the schedule for the Focus Groups on Wednesday:

Group 1 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Group 2 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Group 3 12:00-1:00 p.m. (feel free to bring a lunch)...
Group 4 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Group 5 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Tokeland)


Groups 1-4 will be at the South Pacific County Administration Facility located at 7013 Sandridge Road in Long Beach, Meeting Room A. You may enter the building at the Health Department entrance and the meeting room will be on your right.



Group 5 will be meeting at the Bayshore RV Park located at 2941 Kindred Avenue in Tokeland.

While we will happily welcome folks who have not signed up ahead of time. Pre registration would be greatly appreciated. You may register by contacting PCEMA Deputy Director Scott McDougall at 360-642-9338, 360 875-9338 or smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Opportunity to Participate in an Assessment of Community Understanding Of Tsunami Risk

South Bend, Washington – Improving the response capacity of Pacific County and other Washington State coastal communities at risk of tsunami presents an on-going challenge. To meet this challenge Pacific County Emergency Management has supported an evaluation program to monitor and improve earthquake and tsunami education and preparedness programs.

The latest phase of work will involve volunteer focus groups of residents and organizations to explore their understandings of tsunami hazards. The discussions and survey are aimed to quantify people’s understanding of tsunami hazards in Washington State, their knowledge regarding the warning systems, and their preparedness to deal with future events.

A range of groups are sought to ensure that the views of a diverse and representative range of constituencies are canvassed.  Focus group meetings will ideally have between five and twenty people and last 45 minutes to 1 hour.  All focus groups will be taped and transcribed and participants will be asked to complete a very short questionnaire. All information provided will be treated as confidential and no individual will be identified in any way.

Focus groups are currently scheduled for May 13, 2015 with the location and time to be determined based on volunteer response.  Any Pacific County resident or organization interested in participating should contact the PCEMA Office at 360-875-9338 or smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us and indicate morning or afternoon preference.   

Friday, April 3, 2015

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:

Saturday May 2, 2015 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 2015 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 · 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.  

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Raymond Residents Asked to Boil Water

Attention Raymond Residents. Recent heavy rains have caused problems with your drinking water. You are asked to boil your water before drinking it. More information is available from the Washington State Department of Health: http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/…/RecentAlerts

Thursday, February 5, 2015

NWS Issues High Wind Warning

South Bend, Washington – As of 2:37 p.m. this afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 10:00 p.m. today to 7:00 a.m. tomorrow for the South Washington Coast. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast for coastal communities is for South winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Winds will begin increasing late this evening and overnight. The strongest winds are expected midnight and 4:00 a.m. on Friday.

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.

PCEMA to Hold Hazard Mitigation Plan Meetings in Conjunction with Tsunami Forums

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been awarded a federal mitigation planning grant, applied for with the intent of updating the Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan, first published in 2010. 

BOLDplanning, a consulting firm contracted to guide the process, will lead public meetings to kick off the update of Pacific County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. BOLDplanning manages the hazard mitigation planning process by providing on-site process facilitation, stakeholder outreach, data collection and analysis, plan writing, and strategy development. The mitigation plan addresses Pacific County’s natural hazards, vulnerabilities and complies with state and federal regulations.   The meetings will be held on February 18th in Long Beach at the South County Administration Building, Meeting Room A, located at 7013 Sandridge Road at 2:00 p.m. The second meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on February 19th, at the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce Community Center, 916 W. First Street in South Bend. 

These meetings are planned with public input in mind and will be held in conjunction with Tsunami Information Forums designed for the business community. Following these kick-off meetings, meetings will be held with stakeholders from the previous Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan, as well as new stakeholders identified to partner with the county for plan development and implementation. Any questions may be directed to Chief Deputy Stephanie Fritts, sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us or (360) 642/875-9340.

Monday, January 5, 2015

National Weather Service Issues Flood Warning for the Naselle River

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service in Portland Oregon has issued a flood warning for the Naselle River effective from now until this afternoon or until the warning is cancelled. At 3:00 a.m. the river level was at 15.1 feet. Flood stage for the Naselle is 15.5 feet. The river is expected to crest around 9:00 a.m. on Monday at 16.2 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. 

The river is expected to rise above flood stage around 5:00 a.m. At 16 feet flooding of several homes and roads along and near the Naselle River can be expected. Portions of State Route 4 will also likely be flooded.