Federal Emergency Management Agency releases Tribal Nations Pocket Guide

Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a new tool to better inform tribes about FEMA policies and programs. The document, FEMA and Tribal Nations: A Pocket Guide

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Pacific County seeks consultant to update Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is currently seeking proposals from qualified consultants to update the Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan that meets all requirements under

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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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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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U.S. President declares disaster for Washington State, releasing second wave of disaster aid

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

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Quinault Nation Declares State of Emergency

Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation, declared a state of emergency Tuesday night due to a breach in the Taholah seawall and destruction of a smokehouse, other outbuildings

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President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for Washington State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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

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Meeting on Flood Insurance Rate Maps this Thursday in Aberdeen

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

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Presidential Proclamation: September is National Preparedness Month

MONTESANO, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency would like to advise all citizens to become PRO-ACTIVE and prepare for the approaching fall and winter storm seasons. Essential preparation issues include:

1)     Obtain an All Hazard Weather Radio, program it to the proper frequency and change the batteries in it every time we change the clocks. (next time change is Nov. 1st)

 

2)    Sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System (You’ll receive a text message, phone call and an e-mail with information about any weather or disaster related issue)

 

3)    Find out where the closest shelter is located and practice moving to that shelter with your entire family.

 

4)    All members of your family should have a person to call outside of Grays Harbor County to inform of their situation in the event they are separated from your family during an emergency or weather situation.

 

5)    Prepare a GO-KIT backpack with:  ** These are minimal amounts **

a)      an AM/FM battery operated portable radio

b)    Flashlight

c)     1- 2 bottles of water for each person and for each pet in the household.

d)    Matches in a waterproof container (plastic bag)

e)     Snack bars for your family and a small plastic bag of food for each pet

f)      Pocket knife

g)     A sweatshirt or light jacket for each member

h)    Disposable rain poncho for each member of your family

i)       Hand warmer packets

j)       Package of sanitary wipes

 

For more information on becoming PRO-ACTIVE and to sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System, please go to the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management website at: http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp or call (360) 249-3911.

Washington Fire Marshall Tips on Evacuation During a Wildfire

The need to evacuate during a wildfire is a real possibility for anyone that lives in a wildfire prone area.  During the 2008 fire season the threat was real and the danger was very close to home for residents of East Wenatchee during the Badger Mountain Fire.  With above normal significant fire potential predicted for areas of Eastern Washington this summer, the State Fire Marshal's Office is asking homeowners:  Have you and your family talked about what you would do in the event you are asked to evacuate due to the danger of an approaching wildfire?

It is the responsibility of local law enforcement and fire officials to order and execute an orderly evacuation.  This includes going door to door and making face-to-face contact whenever possible.