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Raymond & South Bend AHAB sirens begin monthly tests in Pacific County

South Bend, Wash. – The next monthly test of the All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system is scheduled for Monday, October 7th at noon. AHAB sirens recently installed at the Raymond and South Bend Fire Departments will join the existing 16 sirens in Pacific County located in the areas of Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Surfside, Ocean Park, Bay Center, and North Cove. Additionally, there are two AHAB sirens located on the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation.

Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be impacted by adverse weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors.

The procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster Chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15 second verbal message stating, “The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.”

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency recommends that residents of Pacific County mark their calendars for the monthly AHAB siren system test which is scheduled for the first Monday of every month at noon. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.

Free CERT training this Fall in Pacific County

SOUTH BEND, Wash. – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in Surfside. Training is scheduled as follows:

Friday, September 27, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

The course will be held at the Surfside Board Room (31402 H Street, Ocean Park). 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 Denise Rowlett at (360) 642-9338 or email drowlett@co.pacific.wa.us.  

Pacific County Selects Emergency Notification Provider Hyper-Reach

SOUTH BEND, Wash. – Telephone-based mass notifications systems are used by thousands of public safety agencies across the US to warn citizens about local emergencies, hazards and other threats.  Now Pacific County announces that they have selected Hyper-Reach to help bring this same life-saving capability to the area. 

 

The new emergency notification system will provide rapid notification of hazardous and urgent situations using a mix of telephone calls, text and email messages, and even TTY/TDD service for the hearing impaired.  And there’s a free smartphone app for iPhones and Android devices that allows users to display and organize messages for specific addresses that are important to them.

 

“Our job is to protect the citizens of Pacific County as effectively and cost-effectively as possible.” said Stephanie Fritts, Director of Emergency Management for Pacific County.  “We reviewed all the major vendors for emergency notification service, and Hyper-Reach gave us everything we needed at an unbelievable price.  We’re really excited about this new capability.”

 

The County plans to use the service primarily for alerts about weather and environmental hazards, criminal activity and missing persons.  Landline phones are automatically enrolled, but mobile phones are only included when people enroll.  Residents, visitors, and people who work in Pacific County are encouraged to enroll now by going to the website http://www.hyper-reach.com/wapacificsignup.html.