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 [email protected].
Organizers with the Military Department’s Emergency Management Division are aiming for one million Washingtonians to participate in the drill. To date, more than 550,000 have registered, and the number is climbing. Last year, 710,000 people participated. People and organizations can sign up at www.shakeout.org/washington.
This is the second ShakeOut for the state of Washington. More than 37 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Province of British Columbia will run an earthquake drill on the same date and time. Participants in the Utah and in other countries will conduct their ShakeOut drills on other dates.
Gov. Inslee’s proclamation also touts two other October happenings that emphasize emergency preparedness:
• The governor proclaimed October as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio Awareness Month. NOAA Weather Radios provide emergency alerts about approaching hazards, complementing other disaster information sources.
• The governor also took note of the Take Winter By Storm campaign that kicks off in October. Take Winter By Storm will highlight preparedness actions for the public to take to be ready for winter storms.
For information about Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month, NOAA weather radios, and emergency preparedness, go to http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_index.shtml.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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 [email protected].
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.
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
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