• Chilean quake

    Tip #17 Staying Aware During Disaster Events – A follow up to the recent earthquake & tsunami in Chile

    The Chilean Earthquake triggered a tsunami which impacted not only Chile, but other countries such as New Zealand, Ecuador, Polynesia, and even Santa Monica, California. The tsunami wave will even eventually reach the Pacific Northwest this morning, however it will be virtually unnoticeable along our beaches. THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO WASHINGTON STATE The […]

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  • Grays Harbor County Emergency Management

    All Hazard Weather Radios to be distributed at three locations in Grays Harbor later this month

    The Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Program of the Washington State Emergency Management Division and Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will be conducting All Hazard Weather Radio Programs at three locations this month. Monday, April 14th Ocean Shores Public Library – 573 Point Brown Ave NW, Ocean Shores WA 98569 – 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 16th Elma City Council […]

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  • Watch, Warning, or Advisory? What do they mean?

    NOAA’s National Weather Service uses a four-tier approach to alert the public for the potential for severe weather or high fire danger. This four-tier approach consists of  outlooks,  advisorieswatches  and  warnings.

    1) Winter Storm Outlook… 
    winter storm outlook is issued when conditions are favorable for hazardous winter weather to develop within the next 3 to 7 days. It is intended for those groups that require considerable lead time to prepare for the event.

    ACTION: Stay tuned to local media or monitor NOAA Weather Radio for updates. Evaluate your emergency action plan and the resources you have in your home, car or work place to deal with a winter storm.

    2) Winter Storm Watch… 
    winter storm watch is issued when the risk of hazardous winter weather has increased, but occurrence, location and timing is still somewhat uncertain. Generally, a watch is issued when there is a significant threat of severe winter weather in the next 12 to 48 hours.

    ACTION: You should prepare now and ensure that all emergency plans and resources are in place. 
    Note: Winter Storm Watches may be upgraded to Winter Storm Warnings, if conditions warrant.

    3) Winter Weather Advisory… 
    Winter weather advisories are issued for less serious winter weather conditions that are occurring, or have a high likelihood of occurring. These products are used for winter weather situations that are less severe than a Warning, but will cause significant inconvenience. These situations should not be life threatening, damage is usually localized and the main danger is hazardous travel. 
    Note: This advisory may be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning if conditions warrant.

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  • October is Disaster Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio Month

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Month. In keeping with the proclamation, local jurisdictions, individuals, schools and businesses across the state will promote all-hazard preparedness throughout the month.
    Highlight of the month is the Great Washington Shakeout “drop, cover and hold on” earthquake drill on Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. The drill will emphasize the urgent need for people, organizations, schools, communities and businesses to practice what to do to be safe during an earthquake, and how to be ready before an earthquake strikes. In addition, coastal communities will test their tsunami alert sirens at the same time.
    “Earthquakes are one of the greatest hazards in our state,” said Robert Ezelle, director of the Emergency Management Division of the Washington Military Department. “The good thing about the Great Washington Shakeout is that so many members of the public will come out of it better prepared not only for quakes, but for other significant hazards such as tsunamis, floods, winter storms and acts of terror.”

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    Tip #12 Emergency Alerting to the Public

    Timely and concise messaging to alert the public is necessary in any emergency or disaster situation. Wireless Emergency Alerts is a nationwide text system to alert people wherever they may be in the country. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/wea.html#.VfTmwE2FN9 Another tremendous alerting system is an All Hazard “ALERT” Weather Radio. It is essential for all people living in Washington […]

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  • AHAB Siren

    AHAB Siren testing Monday February 3rd

    MONTESANO, Wash. – Washington State Emergency Management will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, February 3, 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 […]

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  • Grays Harbor County Emergency Management: Avoid rumors during a disaster

    MONTESANO, Wash. – According to the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management agency, rumors, misconceptions, and misinformation circulated during the Great Washington Shakeout exercise last week. Deputy Director Chuck Wallace tells us they are “very active during all severe weather and disaster events and exercises.” Wallace added “During our monitoring of The Great Shakeout  Exercise, some extremely prominent misconceptions, rumor and just plain bad information began circulating within the social media networks.”

    To alleviate these issues, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management wishes to present the following information.

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