FEMA Honors Achievement in Community Preparedness to the Ocosta School District Community

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced the winners of the 2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, recognizing the outstanding efforts of individuals

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Race the Wave 5K fun run/walk to practice tsunami evacuation routes

September is National Preparedness Month and Pacific Northwest coastal communities are leading by example. Cannon Beach, Oregon will host Race the Wave, their first hazard-themed fun run designed

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FEMA hosting briefings on National Flood Insurance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the Cities of Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, and Hoquiam, as well as Grays Harbor County is holding 3 briefings on the National Flood Insurance

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President Obama signs Washington emergency declaration for wildfires

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement

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State Update: Fires hold steady as victims get help

The state’s lead fire fighting agencies—the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)andthe State Fire Marshal’s Office of the Washington State Patrol (WSP)—continued

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Happy Fourth of July Holiday – Fireworks restrictions and displays

Police and Emergency Management agencies across Washington are wishing you a happy and safe fourth of July holiday. Local fireworks ordinances vary, and for a complete

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Fireworks safety from the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency

During this Fourth of July holiday, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is

asking all beach visitors to remain vigilant and remind others to:


1)    Keep all beach campfires (where

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Grays Harbor County Beach Safety from the Emergency Management Agency

Grays Harbor County is a showcase of beautiful beaches for all citizens as well as millions of visitors each year.  As beautiful as the Pacific Ocean appears from the beach, the surf can

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Meeting tonight to detail the nation’s first tsunami vertical-evacuation structure being built in Ocosta

The Ocosta School District will release plans tonight for the nation’s first vertical-evacuation refuge. Contractors are presenting designs and floor plans for the new Elementary School, Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency said recently; “They’re building the vertical evacuation aspect to their new elementary school and that’s the first one in the country. They’re getting a tremendous amount of attention and I believe that once it is built they are going to get a lot more attention. Proposed Several project leads will be available Thursday night with information, School Superintendent Dr. Paula Akerlund tells us Brian Ho and Brian Fitzgerald from TCF Architects in Tacoma will provide information on the design and floor plan of the new school, including the tsunami vertical evacuation structure. Cale Ash, structural engineer on the project, will furnish details about the engineering of the vertical evacuation structure. Doug Nichols, project manager from Construction Services Group, will provide information on the construction timeline and budget. The meeting starts at 6:30 Thursday night in the elementary school’s multi purpose room.