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Displaced Emerson Manor tenants have homes until March 31st, as cleanup continues

Emerson Manor Apartments in Hoquiam

All of the Emerson Manor tenants have been placed in temporary housing until repairs and cleanup work can be completed on their building. Over 60 residents were evacuated and the building quarantined Monday after hazardous bacteria levels were found in runoff water from a fire. As of yesterday afternoon, most of them had their pets back…

FEMA prepares for Cascadia Subduction Zone 2016 Earthquake and Tsunami Exercise

The Cascadia subduction zone (also referred to as the Cascadia fault) is a subduction zone, a type of convergent plate boundary that stretches from northern Vancouver Island to northern California.

Federal Emergency Management Agency staff, and emergency responders from around the state met in Ocean Shores last week to get the public involved in a major exercise planned for 2016. Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday it’s all to prepare the public and private sectors for a mock…

AHAB Siren testing Monday February 3rd

AHAB Siren

MONTESANO, Wash. – Washington State Emergency Management will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, February 3, at noon. AHAB sirens are located in Pacific Beach, Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Westport and Grayland. All Grays Harbor County sirens will be included in the test…

Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Animal Emergency Plan Workshop

PCEMA

South Bend, WA – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be coordinating an Animal Emergency Plan Workshop on February 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Pacific County Annex located at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive South Bend, WA 98586. Recent experiences from other areas around the nation have…

Grays Harbor AHAB sirens test successful, connection issues identified

AHAB Siren

The AHAB test on Monday, January 13th at noon, was successful in activating all AHAB sirens. Washington State Emergency Management Division as well as the Grays Harbor County Radio Shop monitored the test activation. Minor connection issues were found in five AHAB Sirens; Westport, Aberdeen, Ocean City and two in Grayland. Every AHAB siren was…

Just a test: AHAB sirens manually activated at noon on Monday

AHAB Siren

All Hazard Alert Broadcast sirens will again blare the familiar Westminster Chimes and a brief voice message at noon today. After failing their monthly test last Monday, technicians accidentally fired the AHAB sirens Tuedsay morning. Chuck Wallace with the county’s emergency management agency tells us had there been an actual emergency the state EMD could…

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management: Avoid rumors during a disaster

MONTESANO, Wash. – According to the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management agency, rumors, misconceptions, and misinformation circulated during the Great Washington Shakeout exercise last week. Deputy Director Chuck Wallace tells us they are “very active during all severe weather and disaster events and exercises.” Wallace added “During our monitoring of The Great Shakeout  Exercise, some extremely prominent misconceptions, rumor and just plain bad information began circulating within the social media networks.”

To alleviate these issues, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management wishes to present the following information.

Grays Harbor County to test notification system Tuesday, October 22

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will be testing the County Wide Disaster Notification System on Tuesday, October 22nd at 10:30am. The notifications will go out to all who have voluntarily signed up for the notifications. To date over 6,500 Grays Harbor County Citizens have been added to our system. All who are currently in the system as of October 15th should receive a phone call, e-mail and text message if your phone has those capabilities. The associated phone number with the phone call will be (360) 249-3911. Newer additions will be added following the system test.

If you believe you are in the system and do not receive a call, text or e-mail, it could be as a result of many issues such as new phone number or e-mail address. If you did not receive all of the notifications you believe you should have, please fill out the form using the link below and we will update your information. If you are NOT currently part of the notification system, and would like to be added, please feel free to click the link below and fill in the information.

Tsunami sirens will be part of Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on 10/17 at 10:17

CAMP MURRAY — Tsunami sirens will blare on the Washington coast for three minutes this week as part of a statewide earthquake drill.

Officials with the state Military Department’s Emergency Management Division said Friday that the test will begin at 10:17 a.m. Thursday in Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut earthquake drill.

The Great Washington ShakeOut features a statewide “drop, cover and hold on” drill on the same time and date. State officials hope more than 1 million people will participate in Washington, which is participating with many other states.

This test, which begins at 10:17 a.m. in Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, will differ from routine monthly tests which occur on the first Monday of each month. The October 17 test will begin and end with a verbal test message, with sirens activating for three minutes in between. The sirens will sound the same tone played during an actual tsunami warning.

Strong weather expected Sunday into Monday on the harbor

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays  Harbor county Emergency Management Agency is warning citizens to be prepared for very severe weather, expected to impact Grays Harbor this afternoon through Monday morning

1)  HEAVY RAINFALL is expected this afternoon and evening. Heavy downpours expected.
 
2)  AWIND ADVISORY has been issued for areas East of Aberdeen in Grays Harbor County from 6pm Sunday through Monday morning.  Strong South winds are forecast to be20-35mph sustained with gusts to 55mph.
 
3)  AHIGH WIND WARNING is in effect from 3pm today through 5am Monday  for all coastal areas in Grays Harbor County including Aberdeen and Hoquiam.Strongsustained South winds are expected to be 20-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph, possibly reaching 65mph along the beaches.The forecast time of greatest impact will be between 5-10pm with another burst around midnight
 
ALERT 1 – High Surf Warning

A HIGH SURF WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11:00AM PDT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Event Start: Sunday, September 29, 2013 5:00 PM PDT

Event End: Monday, September 30, 2013 11:00 AM PDT

Details

ALERT 2 – Areal Flood Watch

AN AREAL FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12:00PM PDT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Event End: Monday, September 30, 2013 12:00 PM PDT

Location: Areal Flooding

Flood Begin: In Progress

Cause: Excessive Rainfall

Details

ALERT 3 – High Wind Warning

A HIGH WIND WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5:00AM PDT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Event Start: Sunday, September 29, 2013 3:00 PM PDT

Event End: Monday, September 30, 2013 5:00 AM PDT

Details

PCEMA seeks “victims” for Community Emergency Response Team training

SOUTH BEND, Wash. – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is seeking individuals interested in volunteering to play victims for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) disaster simulations. The CERT simulations will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in Surfside. Volunteers will be put into moulage makeup to appear injured and some may be asked to act out disaster scenarios. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission.

 

For more information or to volunteer, contact Denise Rowlett at (360) 642-9338 or email drowlett@co.pacific.wa.us.  

October is Disaster Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio Month

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Month. In keeping with the proclamation, local jurisdictions, individuals, schools and businesses across the state will promote all-hazard preparedness throughout the month.
Highlight of the month is the Great Washington Shakeout “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake drill on Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. The drill will emphasize the urgent need for people, organizations, schools, communities and businesses to practice what to do to be safe during an earthquake, and how to be ready before an earthquake strikes. In addition, coastal communities will test their tsunami alert sirens at the same time.
“Earthquakes are one of the greatest hazards in our state,” said Robert Ezelle, director of the Emergency Management Division of the Washington Military Department. “The good thing about the Great Washington Shakeout is that so many members of the public will come out of it better prepared not only for quakes, but for other significant hazards such as tsunamis, floods, winter storms and acts of terror.”

Incident Commanders: continuing classes offered at GHC

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will be hosting ICS 300 & 400 at Grays Harbor College.

ICS 300 will be offered on October 23 & 24th

ICS 400 will be offered Nov. 12 & 13th.

Please click the links below for more information and to apply to the courses. Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace tells us “We need to meet a minimum class size to hold each class. Interest was expressed by many organizations throughout the county and we asked to sponsor the classes for your benefit. All classes are FREE!”

 

http://www.hsr3.com/Training/2013/ICS300_GHC_2013.pdf

 

http://www.hsr3.com/Training/2013/ICS400_GHC_2013.pdf

Citizen Disaster Exercise postponed

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Citizen Disaster Exercise scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed. Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace confirmed a posting on facebook by the Grays Harbor Citizen Corps. It stated that due to logistical issues, the exercise at the Grays Harbor College has been postponed.
Wallace apologized for the late notice but circumstances dictate the change. The event will be held in the next month or two. All will be notified of the new date and time in the near future.

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

CERT

Emergency Management Agency thanks Grays Harbor for survey turnout

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency reports a turnout better than they expected for a recent online survey asking residents their opinion of the county department. With 1127 responses, the results should be made public around November.

AHAB siren testing Monday September 2nd

MONTESANO, Wash. – Washington State Emergency Management will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, September 2, at noon.

AHAB sirens are located in Pacific Beach, Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Westport and Grayland. All Grays Harbor County sirens will be included in the test beginning at noon.

AHAB sirens have a range of about one mile in radius depending on topography and weather. The activation will be Westminster Chimes followed by a test voice message. These sirens are meant to provide emergency notification to people who are OUTDOORS! Residents and businesses located within a tsunami inundation area are encouraged to maintain a working NOAA Weather Radio.

Please DO NOT CALL 911 regarding this testing. If you have any questions or reports regarding the test, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at 360-249-3911 or ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

GH Emergency Management Agency offers Fall & Winter storm prep, survey, & notification links

Grays Harbor County LogoThis Labor Day Weekend rings in the fall and winter storm preparation season. The Grays Harbor Emergency Management website has many great pointers for homeowners.

http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp

 

Please help us to reach 1000 responses for the Citizen Expectation Survey. Please take the survey and contact friends and relatives. It is vitally important and will initiate necessary changes for disaster preparation, response, and recovery. The link is:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q7CJTZM

 

Please sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System. Receive a text message, phone call and e-mail warning of severe weather and other disaster issues.  The link is:

http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/EMailTWS.asp

 

Please feel free to send this to all of your family, friends and neighbors.

 

Grays Harbor Emergency Management wishes all of our citizens a great Labor Day weekend and thanks all for your continued support. It can only be accomplished with your assistance. 

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

Response improving for Grays Harbor Emergency Management Agency survey

Montesano, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency reports they are getting great turnout to an online survey asking the county how they’re doing, and what they could do better.

Chuck Wallace tells us they’re asking residents to fill out a quick survey with questions ranging from how you get your news, to if.. and how soon, you could evacuate in an emergency. The survey will shut down after Labor Day.

Take a minute to fill out the survey here: https://t.co/WUE0Xob6F3

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

Take The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management survey

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency invites all Grays Harbor County residents to participate in our Emergency Management Citizen Expectations Survey. The survey was created to determine various answers to questions concerning disaster notification, citizen preparation, citizen expectations, and community education related to disaster events.  

            Responses to this survey will assist Grays Harbor County Emergency Management in developing a plan of action and determining the best means of delivering weather and disaster news and updates, and how to better educate the public. The survey consists of 27 questions and will take approximately 7-10 minutes to complete. The survey will be available on-line through the end of August. Participation in this survey will be greatly appreciated.

            The link to the Grays Harbor Emergency Management Citizen Expectations Survey is:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q7CJTZM

 

We thank you in advance for your participation in this endeavor.