• Pacific County Emergency Management Agency seeks AmeriCorps applicants

    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 […]

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  • Earthquake drills being conducted in Aberdeen

    MONTESANO, Wash. – On Saturday, Sept. 21st Grays Harbor County will be conducting a full scale exercise consisting of the mobilization of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), faith based organizations, medical Reserve corps members, private citizens and many others.

    Chuck Wallace with the County Emergency Management Agency tells us their destination will be the Grays Harbor College Lower Parking Lot where attendees will participate in the development of an assembly area, just as if an earthquake had impacted our county.

    A Housing shelter, Medical shelter and Mass feeding shelter will be established by the attendees with assistance from the American Red Cross.

    Wallace said this week “We train many but they never get a chance to perform the hands on chores needed during a true disaster, this is your chance”

    Everyone is welcome to attend. – All will have the opportunity to practice all three events.

    The event is planned to last about 5 hours and will be held rain or shine


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  • Free CERT Training Begins Tonight

    MONTESANO, Wash. – The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program teaches disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact this area and trains participants in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organiza-tion, and disaster medical operations.

    CERT begins Friday evening June 08th from 5-9pm at Grays Harbor College, Building 1500 (library) room 1512. (A Campus Map is Attached)

    The additional class dates are Saturday June 9th from 8am -5pm and on Saturday June 16 from 8am to 5pm. All are welcome to attend the FREE 20 hour class.

    For more information, please call Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at (360) 249-4911 x 290 or e-mail at [email protected]

    Courses are a total of 20 hours, spread over three days.
    The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first two sessions and practical exercises during the last session. Meals are not provided.
    Participants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to attend.

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  • Tsunami Advisory for Washington, Warning for Oregon 6AM Update

    As of a 6 am conference call with Washington State EMD, Washington is still under a Tsunami Advisory. The expected tsunami wave arrival times are as follows:


    Westport – 1.8 feet @ 7.25am

    Moclips – 3.9 feet @ 7:10am (The highest expected wave on the Washington Coast)


    All coastal jurisdictions have been notified of the situation. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is mobilizing around the County to assist local jurisdictions in notification of citizens in areas of concern. The impacted school districts will be closed today.

    At this time , limited evacuations are taking place. The citizens around Taholah, Pacific Beach, Moclips and Iron Springs, living close to the ocean and who could be affected by the wave height, are being asked to move to higher ground. The Quinault Indian Nation, Grays Harbor Fire District 8, the local  Cert team & the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department are assisting the residents in the evacuation.  All citizens are urged to stay away from the beaches, harbors and coastal lowlands. Although the initial wave times are indicated, the highest wave may not impact the area for a few hours after that time. Please listen to local officials and stay tuned to your radio for updates

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  • Raymond – Community Emergency Response Team Training Offered May 7, 8, 15

    Neighborhoods, homes and workplaces can become disaster ready by taking CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes . The free course begins on Friday, May 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, May 8, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and concludes on Saturday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The class takes place at the Raymond Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 707 Jackson Avenue in Raymond.

    CERT training helps individuals, families and other groups create and organize response teams. The teams receive basic training in disaster response skills such as fire safety, emergency medical techniques, light search and rescue operations and decision making. The hands-on, interactive training is designed to help citizens help each other when first responders such as police and firefighters are not immediately available during a disaster.

    Taught by experienced emergency managers and first responders, the CERT course requires a minimum of 15 people. Call Karan Wade-James at 360-786-5207 (email: wadejak@co,thurston.wa.us) or contact Jason and Angel, 360-942-5483, [email protected] for complete details and to register for the class.

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