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International task force to discuss protecting West Coast from oil spills

SEATTLE, Wash. – States and provinces on the Pacific Ocean will gather this year in Seattle to discuss emerging issues in energy and how best to protect the West Coast from oil spills.

The Washington Department of Ecology is hosting this year’s annual meeting. The task force, known as the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, is composed of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii.

The states will update one another on their spill-response programs and initiatives. They’ll also learn about how the transportation of energy is changing along the West Coast; characteristics of new and emerging fuels; arctic issues; and risks of oil spills from vessel traffic.

September 11th is “911 Day” recognizing 9-1-1 operators nationwide

MONTESANO, Wash. - September 11th is “911 Day” in honor and recognition of 9-1-1 emergency operators, public safety dispatchers, telecommunicators and call takers, and the vital contributions they make to the safety and well-being of all citizens. The day was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 with Public Law 99-448, and has been celebrated ever since.

Since 9/11/2001, September 11th has been recognized as a day of remembrance and patriotism, honoring those we lost during the tragedy that struck our nation. 911 Day, the importance and achievements of our emergency operators, public safety dispatchers, telecommunicators and call takers provide has been overshadowed since 2001. Rarely is there mention that on 9/11/2001, these dedicated individuals continued to provide essential communications to police, fire, citizens and response agencies during the attacks on New York, the Pentagon and in the aftermath of flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

These dedicated professional, courteous and knowledgeable individuals continue to perform their job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year without accolades. They are the unheralded communications lifeline for police, fire, the community and many response agencies through severe weather, natural disasters, terror threats, fire, police and public safety responses.

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would like to thank the Grays Harbor Communications E9-1-1 telecommunicators and administrative staff for their continued dedication, support and tremendous job they have done for all Grays Harbor citizens. All are invaluable to our community. Thank you for your service! – Deputy Director, Chuck Wallace

Grays Harbor online survey needs more responses before Sunday

MONTESANO, Wash. – As of 4pm Monday, August 26th The number of respondents to the Citizen Expectation Survey for Grays Harbor County Emergency Management has reached 576 responses. Chuck Wallace, Deputy Director for the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency says “We need 141 more by Sunday to reach 717 or 1% of the total population of the County.”

Wallace asks you to contact your employees,  friends and relatives who live in the County and have them take the survey. The survey is anonymous and will benefit all citizens of the county.

*** We need greater numbers from Oakville, McCleary, the Quinault Indian Nation and the Chehalis Reservation in order to give greater meaning to the responses from those specific areas ***

 Here is the link to use:    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q7CJTZM