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 as well. Three local hotels, the Econolodge, Travelodge and Guest House Inn have contracted with the county to provide housing until March 31st. The county reports the cost of which will run about 1,700 per person, a special meeting has been announced for Friday to consider amending their contract with Coastal Community Action Program to cover the difference.
Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency tells us they have funding for the rooms until March 31st for all displaced tenants, anyone who left to stay with family or friends can call 532-0570 for details . A chief concern is what to do if repairs are not complete by March 31st? Where does the funding come from to assist at that time?
The exciting part of the day was the reunification of most owners with their pets. Special thanks goes out to all of the local foster home providers for the numerous pets belonging to the tenants who needed to be housed last night because there was no way to care for them at Immanuel Baptist Church.
None of the motel rooms have kitchen facilities and some have no microwave. One of the tasks at hand is how to provide at least one hot meal per day to the tenants. A few local agencies have volunteered to assist for a few days but more are needed. Kitchen facilities are needed as well as a mode for delivery.
Cleaning of the building has begun. The clean-up crews are still waiting on additional test results before a complete and thorough cleaning of the building can begin. It is anticipated some tenants will return home to find some furniture has been removed due to water damage and possible mold growth. Hopefully it is limited however assistance will be needed to purchase replacement furniture.
Anchor Bank has set up a fund to assist the Emerson Manor tenants. Please help by going to any Anchor Bank location and ask for the Emerson Manor Assistance Fund. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. Only monetary donations will be accepted.
A tremendous amount of work was accomplished by an army of regional agencies who descended upon Hoquiam and the Emerson Manor Apartments. Words cannot express how much their efforts are appreciated however many are returning home leaving a skeleton staff remaining to see this event through until the last tenant is back in their apartment. Time goes quickly, funding will run low and there is still a task to accomplish. Please help us help the displaced tenants by donating to the Emerson Manor Assistance Fund at any Anchor Bank location
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:
Friday, April 4, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 · 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 [email protected].
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 9.0 Earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a major fault line that runs through the county.
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.
“How prepared are you today, to handle this? What do you believe will happen once this occures? And what kind of help do you need to get back in service? Because if this happens to our county, this impacts everybody.
Wallace said besides a tsunami, a CSZ earthquake will take out infrastructure “You’re going to feel the ground shake, you’re going to rattle and roll for a couple of minutes. You’re going to have some liquefaction where the ground becomes unstable, maybe water comes up through the ground [where] you normally wouldn’t think of. There’s some subsidence where they believe that the coastal area is going to drop about 4 to 6 feet and that will go probably almost to the county line before it levels out again.
The Exercise is from some of the same FEMA Region 10 crew that brought us The Great Washington Shake Out – registration for which just opened online by the way. Expect to hear more in the coming years about the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) 2016 Earthquake and Tsunami Exercise.
South Bend, Washington – Residents of South Pacific County will receive a test call from the Pacific County Emergency Notification System on February 13, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The test will call all landlines and registered cellular and VoIP phones from Nemah to South Pacific County. No calls will be placed in the North County.
The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been working with Hyper-Reach, the emergency notification system provider, as well as CenturyLink and Wahkiakum West to address potential issues that were identified during an initial test of the system on October 17, 2013.
Pacific County residents are encouraged to visit http://co.pacific.wa.us/pcema/Notification.htm to register their cellular or VoIP phones to receive emergency notifications. Notifications may also be received via text message, email, and or TDD depending on preferences selected during registration. A list of frequently asked questions can also be found at this website.
Residents with questions or requiring additional information should contact Scott McDougall at (360) 642-9338, (360) 484-7338, or (360) 875-9338.
New flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, they are holding a meeting in Aberdeen Thursday to go over changes to the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps that may affect your insurance rates.
The meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 6,.from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rotary Log Pavilion, 1401 Sargent Blvd. in Aberdeen.
If you can’t make that meeting, or you have more questions than time, visit www.durney.com to get in touch with a local insurance provider able to sit with you.
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 underscored the importance of having a coordinated Animal Emergency Plan. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has identified this as a goal for 2014.
The Public is welcome to attend. If you would like to have your comments heard but are unable to attend, you may email them to Scott McDougall, Deputy Director, PCEMA [email protected] by the end of business on February 3, 2014.
This Labor Day Weekend rings in the fall and winter storm preparation season. The Grays Harbor Emergency Management website has many great pointers for homeowners.
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:
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:
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.