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Monday, February 29, 2016

NWS Issues High Wind Warning


South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 6:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday March 1, 2016, for the South Washington Coast and Willapa Hills. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 60-70 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast inland is for south winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 60 mph. Winds will increase fairly early Tuesday morning and continue through a good part of 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.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PCEMA to Participate in Cascadia Rising Exercise, Seeks Other Interested Entities


South Bend, Washington –  The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be participating in a functional exercise called Cascadia Rising 2016. This exercise is designed to test response capabilities and capacity on a national level in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The exercise will take place over a four-day period beginning June 7, and continue through June 10, 2016. The Pacific County Emergency Operation Center will be active on June 8, and June 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

A functional level exercise means that there will be no movement of response equipment, and little to no outdoor or visible activity.  A functional exercise is essentially an internal effort with many Pacific County agencies and entities exercising internal emergency procedures at some point during the time period of Cascadia Rising. 

Pacific County is conducting two Cascadia Rising planning conferences over the next two weeks:

·         February 22nd – 10 a.m. in the Pacific County EOC, 300 Memorial Drive, South Bend
·         March 1st – 1 p.m. in the South Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach

These meetings are an assessment of what agencies/businesses/partners might be considering in respect to participating in Cascadia Rising.  The meetings will be an introductory session for anyone interested in participating.  Attendance does not commit an entity to participation. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency invites and encourages representatives from any group wishing to exercise their emergency procedures to attend. 

For additional information you may contact Chief Deputy Stephanie Fritts at sfritts@co.pacific.wa.us or by calling (360) 642 or 875- 9340.


Friday, February 5, 2016

NWS Issues High Wind Warning



South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from Noon until 6:00 p.m. Friday February 5, 2016, for the South Washington Coast. The strongest winds are expected for the beaches and headlands.

South winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecast for the beaches and headlands. The forecast inland is for south winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 55 mph. Winds will gradually increase this afternoon then briefly peak as a cold front crosses the area. 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.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pacific County Emergency Management Agency to Host Tsunami Inundation Community Forums

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting a series of Community Forums regarding Tsunami Inundation for Pacific County. These forums will serve as ramp-up events for the Cascadia Rising Functional Exercise, a national level exercise designed to test response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and subsequent tsunami. This exercise will be held June 7-10, 2016. Tim Walsh, Chief Hazard Geologist from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and George Crawford from the Washington State Emergency Management Division will be present on Wednesday February 24th, and Wednesday March 16th to discuss the Cascadia Subduction Zone and answer questions about how the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes, as well as distant earthquakes can affect Pacific County.

The first forum will be held at Pacific County Fire District #1, located at 26110 Ridge Avenue, in Ocean Park from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on February 24th. The forum will be repeated at 7:00 p.m. at the Ilwaco Community Building, 158 1st Avenue N (US 101) in Ilwaco, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the same day.

The same program will also be presented on Wednesday March 16th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Center, located at 2373 Old Tokeland Road, in Tokeland. The final forum will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in South Bend, in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room at the Pacific County Annex, 1210 W. Robert Bush Drive.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and speak with presenters.  Representatives from the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will also be on hand to provide information and answer questions. For more information, please contact Jessica Rowlett, AmeriCorps Service Member, Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, at (360) 642 or 875-9300 extension 2548 or by email at jrowlett@co.pacific.wa.us.