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
GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us  

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**UPCOMING EVENTS**
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SIGNIFICANT STORM IMPACTING TODAY

Wednesday October 18, 2017

A significant fall storm will arrive this morning and last through the early morning hours of Thursday. A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in Seattle from 9:00 am this morning through 9:00 pm this evening, with sustained Southeast and South winds at 25-40 mph, gusting to 55 mph along with heavy rain. Coastal areas of Grays Harbor County will be affected including Ocean Shores, Westport, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips and Taholah. Peak winds will be this afternoon and ease this evening. Away from the coast, gusty wind conditions and heavy rain will impact the entire region. 

Trees have full canopies and the high winds bring a high potential for localized power outages from fallen tree branches resulting in downed power lines. Localized urban flooding could occur due to leaf covered storm drains. Many trees will have all leaves stripped from them during this storm event. All area rivers will rise but unlikely to reach flood stage.

On the horizon, another storm is heading our way this weekend, which at this time, appears to be comparable to the Wednesday storm. The storm may bring heavy rainfall, increasing the possibility some area streams and rivers could approach flood stage. At this point the storm is still a few days away. Better storm models will be available later in the week. 

Heavy rainfall accumulations from Wednesday morning through Wednesday night are forecast to be between 1.5” and 2”. 

Heavy downpours could occur at any time. Please use caution while driving during periods of rain due to the potential of pooled water on area roads and highways. 

Be ready for potential power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines. DO NOT use portable generators indoors or near windows or doors.

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           THE WASHINGTON STATE GREAT SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE EXERCISE 

WHEN: Thursday October 19th, Initiates at 10:19am 

WHERE: Home, Work, School 

ABOUT: On October 19th, at 10:19am, a voice message indicating the test will occur, followed by all AHAB Sirens activating with a full 3 minute siren/wail, followed by a voice message indicating the test has concluded. This will be different from the usual 20 second test using the Westminster Chimes. Remember the siren is only designed to be heard outdoors and has a range of about one mile depending on wind and weather conditions. 

For indoor notifications, an All Hazard Alert Weather Radio will be needed. All Hazard Alert Weather Radios will be tested at the same time using the weekly test. The All Hazard Weather Radios will only activate with the required weekly test at 10:19am. Some weather radios will not activate because they do not receive weekly test messages. If you are not sure whether your All Hazard Weather Radio is functioning properly, push the radio button. You should hear the 24 hour weather forecast message. If you do not hear a voice transmission, you may need to reconfigure the radio or move it to another area. 

As part of the exercise, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is asking all government buildings, schools, businesses and private citizens to: 

1)         Practice "Drop, Cover and Hold On" procedures -  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC1Jkcb4HII 

2)     Then evacuate their building, school or home to a predetermined safe area and account for all staff, students and family. 

a)     A process should be in place to account for any staff, student or family member not on location with you - text, phone call etc. 

b)    Consider who to contact should you find anyone is NOT accounted for. 

3)   Since most families are NOT together for this event, please consider discussing your family disaster plans over the weekend so all family members are fully aware what is expected from each person. 

The exercise should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete and is to provide awareness to                citizens, enabling them to best protect themselves, their staff, students and family members during an earthquake event. 

ATTENTION  - ALL COASTAL COMMUNITIES: 

Remember that notification of whether a tsunami has been generated or not may take up to 10-15 minutes following the shaking of an earthquake. Your initial actions should be to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" followed by moving to high ground without hesitation!  Once on high ground, personnel accountability should take place.
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 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

EOC

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

StormReady
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.

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