Emergency Management

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


Hannah Cleverly
Deputy Director of
Emergency Management
(360) 249-3911

Carmin McCullough
DEM Assistant
(360) 964-1576
GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us  ESPAÑOL

Grays Notification

Grays Harbor

High Surf Advisory

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Seattle WA
756 AM PST Thu Dec 12 2019

North Coast-Central Coast-
756 AM PST Thu Dec 12 2019


* WHAT...Large waves with hazardous surf expected.

* WHERE...North Coast and Central Coast.

* WHEN...Until 10 AM PST Friday.

* IMPACTS...Heavy surf can wash over beaches, jetties, and
  breakwaters unexpectedly. People can be swept off rocks and
  jetties and drown while observing high surf. Minor beach
  erosion may damage coastal properties and buildings. Higher
  than normal water run-up is expected on beaches and low-lying

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...There is also an enhanced threat for
  sneaker waves, which can unexpectedly run up much farther on the
  beach than expected.


A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches,
producing rip currents, sneaker waves and beach erosion. Stay
well back from the water`s edge and be alert for exceptionally
high waves.

Keep away from large logs on the beach. Sneaker waves can run up
on the beach lifting or rolling these extremely heavy logs.
People have been injured after being caught under these logs from
sneaker wave action.


 Air quality information can be found on: AirNow

Wildfire locations can be found on: PNW Smoke Map

Additional fire information can be found on: InciWeb

 Emergency Message Board

Emergency Management Message Board


Tsunami Fact Sheets


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.

Public Assistance Forms
How-to Guide to Completing Public
Assistance Forms

Request for Public Assistance (FEMA Form 90-49) (PDF)


 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.