Emergency Management

Sheriff Rick Scott
Director of Emergency Management
(360) 249-3711


Charles Wallace
Deputy Director
(360) 964-1575

Carmin McCullough
DEM Assistant
(360) 964-1576

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Last week, the tornado warning system sirens in Dallas were hacked. Sirens activated for over an hour before the entire system had to be shut down. Could the same situation occur with our AHAB siren system in Washington State?

In the ever changing world of computers and their capabilities, the possibility does exist.  For WA State Emergency Management, emergency managers and public officials, the goal at this moment is to review the AHAB system standards and to find ways to prevent a similar event from occurring here. We must also work on how to terminate the hacking problem, if one occurs, while notifying the public quickly, with a clear and concise message about the incident.

The Dallas hacking incident will raise doubt and speculation in emergency public alerting systems – events such as this always do. Some will lose faith in public alerting systems which could lead to terrible consequences during a true event.  In the coastal areas of Washington State, we are taught to “Move to higher ground immediately,” if we hear an AHAB Siren activate. Protection of our family, friends and pets should be paramount to all who live here. NEVER HESITATE to move to higher ground if an AHAB Siren Activates.

Remember, AHAB Sirens are ONLY to be heard outdoors. All Hazard Weather Radios are designed for indoor notification and are essential for every office, business and household in Washington State. Information for a tsunami event (or any other major weather or disaster event), will be broadcast over the radio.

Protection of our citizens is the #1 priority of every jurisdiction, small or large in Washington State. We continually work to bring you better products, faster notification, clearer and more concise messaging to help reduce the impact any emergency or disaster situation may unleash upon our communities.  

LEARN your risk and hazard to all disaster and emergency events you could be affected by at home, work and school.

KNOW where to go to confirm and verify emergency and disaster reporting in your jurisdiction.

PREPARE for all disaster possibilities. It will reduce the impact any event has upon you, your family, friends and community.   



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If you need assistance in obtaining the specific information you seek, please e-mail Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at: ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or call (360)-249-3911 x 1575

 Division of Emergency Management

Emergency Management Role in Grays Harbor County

The Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is responsible for developing and maintaining a Countywide infrastructure for emergency/disaster preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery.

This is accomplished by means of a cooperative, multi-jurisdictional organization which includes the Cities of Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, McCleary, Montesano, Oakville, Ocean Shores, Westport, the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, the Quinault Indian Nation, all 15 County Fire Districts and every Grays Harbor County Department.


 Emergency Operations Center


DEM is responsible for maintaining the EOC in a constant state of readiness. During a countywide disaster, the EOC becomes the hub of information gathering and dissemination, strategic decision making, resource allocation and incident coordination. Representatives from law enforcement, fire services and public health, environmental health, EMS, as well as other organizations from throughout the county work together to coordinate the response.


 Division Functions

The Division of Emergency Management actively prepares for and participates in the following functions:

  • Disaster Planning
  • Disaster/Emergency Response Planning
  • Disaster/Emergency Recovery Planning
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Exercises for Disaster & Emergency Response
  • Hazardous Materials Response Planning
  • Public Education & Outreach
  • Responder Training
  • StormReady
  • TsunamiReady

The StormReady program helps community leaders prepare their communities for severe weather. Severe weather includes thunderstorms, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, high heat, high winds, and extreme cold weather. Although no community is storm proof, StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives through planning, education, and awareness.

TsunamiReadyLogoSMTsunamiReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local operations by being sufficiently prepared to save lives in the event of a Tsunami through better planning, education and awareness. Although no community is tsunami proof, being TsunamiReady can help minimize loss to our community.


Grays Harbor County continues to hold both designations of StormReady and TsunamiReady.