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 Harbor


 Week 3 September 13-19: Prepare for Disasters


Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

  • You and your family can help your community plan for and recover after a disaster. It may look differently now with the pandemic, but there are still plenty of ways. Find out what resources already exist, or what may be lacking and how you can help, such as:


 Emergency Management Message Board
National Weather Service
Air Quality Alert  https://www.weather.gov/
Clallam-Grays Harbor-Island-Jefferson-King-Kitsap-Lewis-Mason-Pierce- 
San Juan-Skagit-Snohomish-Thurston-Whatcom- 
1143 AM PDT Mon Sep 14 2020 


An Air Quality Alert for smoke has been extended by the Olympic 
Region Clean Air Agency, Northwest Clean Air Agency, Puget Sound 
Clean Air Agency, and Southwest Clean Air Agency, and is now in 
effect until noon PDT Thursday. 
Region wide smoke will continue through the rest of the week as an 
extensive area of smoke from Western US wildfires continues to impact 
the region. 
Air quality across the region is expected to remain unhealthy to very 
unhealthy today, and may improve only slightly into the unhealthy or 
unhealthy for sensitive groups through mid week. 
Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, aggravate heart and lung 
diseases, and aggravate other serious health problems. Clean Air 
Agencies recommending staying at home when possible, limiting outdoor 
activites, and following medical advice from health care 



For current forecast information visit National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/

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


Grays Harbor COVID-19 Call Center

(360) 964-1850

For more information
Grays Harbor County Public Health
 Washington State Public Health



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.