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 Chambers – 202 W. Main Street, Elma WA, 98541 – 6:00 pm

Monday, April 28th – Aberdeen, St Andrews Episcopal Church — 400 E. 1stStreet. Aberdeen WA 98520  – 6:00 pm

All attendees will receive a 30 minute educational class on the hazards specific to Grays Harbor County such as: earthquake, floods, severe weather and tsunami. Following the class, all attendees will receive a FREE All Hazard Weather Radio which will be programmed as a group with Brynne Walker, the facilitator. (Only ONE Weather Radio Per Family) You must be a Grays Harbor Resident to receive the radio. All three events are open to everyone from the county.

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 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 ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

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

4) Winter Storm Warning… 
winter storm warning is issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence. Warning products are used for conditions that pose a threat to life or property. Winter Storm warnings are issued for several types of hazardous winter weather, including heavy snow, sleet, or a combination of snow and wind.

ACTION: YOU SHOULD ACT NOW. STAY INDOORS IF POSSIBLE UNTIL THE STORM ENDS. LIMIT TRAVEL TO ONLY WHAT IS ESSENTIAL.

5) Ice Storm Warning… 
An ice storm warning is issued when freezing rain will accumulate at a rate that causes a coating of ice that will make outdoor activities dangerous. Tree limbs and power lines fall under the weight of the ice. These conditions are fairly rare but, when they occur, can be especially dangerous.

6) Blizzard Warning… 
Blizzard warnings are issued when:

  • There are sustained wind speeds of 35 mph or more, or frequents wind gusts of 35 mph or more.
  • Considerable falling and/or blowing snow is occurring, reducing visibility to less then 1/4 of a mile.

7) Dangerous Wind Chill Warning… 
Wind chill warnings are issued when the wind chill of -20 degrees or colder are expected or occurring and:

  • Expected to last one hour or longer.
  • Wind speeds of 10 mph or more are expected or occurring.

Reference Wind Chill chart

     

8) Avalanche Warning… 
Avalanche warnings are issued by the Northwest Avalanche Forecast Center, located in Seattle. These products are issued when there is a significant threat of avalanches in the Cascades and Olympics backcountry, possibly affecting mountain roadways and other high country interests. 
[For more info, see the NW Avalanche Center’s website]


    Additional Links of Interest…
  1. NOAA’s Weather Safety website
  2. Preparedness for Severe Weather
  3. Each local office may have historic storm data and photographs online (see office links below)

Remember, in times of hazardous winter weather, you can get all these vital NOAA/National Weather Service messages via NOAA Weather Radio, your favorite local media, or through NOAA’s National Weather Service websites. 

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management: Avoid rumors during a disaster

1)    There are numerous way citizens can become notified and receive information on severe weather or emergency/disaster events. AHAB Sirens, All Hazard ALERT Weather Radios, the Grays Harbor County Emergency Notification System, AM/FM Radio, The Grays Harbor County Emergency Website and the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Twitter and Facebook pages. See below for information.

a)     Be aware the message television sends may NOT pertain to your site specific location!

b)    Local newspapers do present  pertinent information although the information will not be the most up to date at the time of reading.

c)     The internet presents another situation where the information you receive may not be relevant for your site specific location. Beware of the information you obtain and please check with a bonafide resource such as the numerous sources Grays Harbor Emergency Management provides.

d)    DO NOT call 911 for information. They will be overwhelmed with life threatening, emergency situations and will have no time to answer questions about the event.

 

2)    The All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) Sirens are designed to be heard within a 1 mile radius and OUTDOORS only. Be extremely aware that wind and rain can distort the voice message and also greatly reduce the distance you can hear the siren during severe weather. For notification if you are INDOORS, you will need to purchase an All Hazard Alert Weather Radio. The radios are available at various locations and range between $25.00 – $50.00. Be sure the radio is an ALERT radio. Many purchase radios that need to be tuned and turned on. Those radios WILL NOT provide the necessary protection and alerting your family needs. You’ll need an All Hazard ALERT Weather Radio that activates on its own.

 

3)    Misinformation causes confusion and rumor. If you are not sure about anything related to Emergency Management, severe weather or disaster preparation, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at: GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or call (360) 249-3911.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

4)    AM/FM radio as well as your All Hazard Alert Weather Radio WILL provide you with pertinent information provided by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management for all Grays Harbor County residents.

 

5)    Please like follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

 

6)    If you are interested in signing up for the Grays Harbor Emergency Notification System which will provide you with a phone call, text message and an e-mail in the event of severe weather or an emergency or disaster situation, please follow the link and we will add you to our service. http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/EMailTWS.asp

 

7)    Remember Grays Harbor County Emergency Management has a website at:

http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp  There is a great deal of information posted there.

 

8)    Emergency Preparedness is your responsibility. Local jurisdictions do not have the capability to assist you in the event of a disaster event. Please plan today for what will impact you in the future. Please call Grays Harbor County Emergency management at (360) 249-3911 or e-mail us at: GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us for assistance in planning or to answer any further questions you may have.

October is Disaster Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio Month

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.

Doppler Site Construction Begins

COPALIS BEACH, Wash. – Construction should begin this week on the Coasts next Doppler Weather Radio Station located near Copalis Beach. Senator Maria Cantwell’s Office said the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration Office has signed paperwork to begin leasing the location, and can now begin cnostruction. The Doppler is expected to be operational by this September.

Emergency Preparedness Meeting in Cosmopolis

Disaster Preparedness Experience

Saturday, January 8th from 10am-2pm

 

*** Cosmopolis Fire Station ***

111 D Street, Cosmopolis, WA

 

Receive information on How to Manage Household Hazardous Materials

 

Pick up information on How to Prepare for any Severe Weather or Disaster Event

 

Pick up a copy of the Grays Harbor County All Hazards Guide

 

Purchase an All Hazards Weather Radio and have it programmed FREE!

 

Watch Educational Videos on Tsunami and Earthquakes

 

Join City Officials in walking the Tsunami evacuation route at noon (weather permitting)

 

** SIGN UP FOR THE GRAYS HARBOR NOTIFICATION SYSTEM **

 

Meet Representatives From:

 

** The Cosmopolis Fire, Police & Public Works Departments **

** City of Cosmopolis Elected Officials **

** The American Red Cross **

** The Grays Harbor PUD **

** The Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Grays Harbor County **

** Grays Harbor County Amateur Radio Operators **

** Bramstedt Sales, Inc. Representatives **

** West Coast Search Dogs **

** Grays Harbor County Sheriff Dept. VIP’s **

** Grays Harbor Radio Representatives **

** Jodesha Broadcasting Representatives **

 

Hot Dogs & Refreshments provided by

The Cosmopolis Lion’s Club & The City of Cosmopolis

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All Hazards Weather Radio Training and Giveaway for the South Beach Area Today

WESTPORT, Wash. – The City of Westport in association with the Washington State Emergency Management Division, Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano Program, NOAA, Grays Harbor Amateur Radio Group and Grays Harbor County Emergency Management are pleased to announce an All Hazards Weather Radio Program for the entire South Beach Community, (Westport, Ocosta, Rural Westport, Grayland and Bay City).

The event will be held on Wednesday December 08, 2010 from 6:00pm – 8:30 pm, in the Lens Building, across from McCausland Hall at the Westport Maritime Museum. There will be FREE All Hazard Weather Radios available for attendees. The program consists of short presentations by Ted Buehner from the National Weather Service and Brynne Walker from the Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano Program. The event also provides an opportunity have your All Hazard Weather Radio programmed to the proper frequency for alert notifications and to sign up for the Grays Harbor Notification System which will supply emergency notifications via text, e-mail and a phone call prior to and during severe weather and disaster events.

There will also be an abundance of Emergency Preparation Information available to the public. The event is FREE and open to all.

   The City of Westport in association with the Washington State Emergency Management Division, Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano Program, NOAA, Grays Harbor Amateur Radio Group and Grays Harbor County Emergency Management are pleased to announce an All Hazards Weather Radio Program for the entire South Beach Community, (Westport, Ocosta, Rural Westport, Grayland and Bay City). The event will be held on Wednesday December 08, 2010 from 6:00pm – 8:30 pm, in the Lens Building, across from McCausland Hall at the Westport Maritime Museum. There will be FREE All Hazard Weather Radios available for attendees. The program consists of short presentations by Ted Buehner from the National Weather Service and Brynne Walker from the Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano Program. The event also provides an opportunity have your All Hazard Weather Radio programmed to the proper frequency for alert notifications and to sign up for the Grays Harbor Notification System which will supply emergency notifications via text, e-mail and a phone call prior to and during severe weather and disaster events. There will also be an abundance of Emergency Preparation Information available to the public. The event is FREE and open to all!

NOAA Has Been Right so Far, Predicts More Storms

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is urging all citizens to prepare for the predicted severe weather events. The most important thing to remember about any weather related or disaster event is personal and business preparation. Become Pro-Active in preparation. Obtain the essential items to sustain yourself at home for at least one full 24 hour period with three days being the optimal preparation time period. Those prepared reduce the impact of the event on your family significantly. Those unprepared, risk the loss of property, their home, pets and livestock.
 The ESSENTIAL PREPARATION ITEMS 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.
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 severe weather or disaster related issue)
3)      Find out where the closest shelter or safe haven is located and practice moving to that area 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 , e-mail us at ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or call (360) 249-3911.

Chill, It’s Only a Drill This Wednesday

South Bend, Washington – On September 15, 2010 shortly after 10:15 a.m. the All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) sirens will be tested sounding both the standard test message and the actual warning tone.  The AHAB sirens in Pacific County and the other outer Washington coastal counties are being activated to conduct a true “end-to-end” test of the entire tsunami warning system.

 

This test will help familiarize residents with the sound made by the AHAB sirens during an actual tsunami warning.  It will differ from the routine monthly testing that occurs on the first Monday of each month since it will broadcast an audible siren wail tone instead of a chime tone; however, the voice message will be exactly the same as the routine test message.

 

NOAA weather radios set to receive the required monthly test will also activate during this test. 

 

This event is a key element in the Weather Radio Awareness Month campaign in Washington State as well as National Preparedness Month and earthquake and tsunami education efforts.

 

Citizens with questions or concerns should contact the Pacific County Emergency Management office at (360) 642-9340 or (360) 875-9340.