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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Friday, June 23, 2017


The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Special Weather Statement due to the return of very hot weather to the region.  Temperatures will be in the mid 80’s to low 90’s in most of the county with the exception of the immediate coast. Coastal regions will see temperatures in the high 70’s to 80 degrees. Temperatures on Monday are forecast to be 15-20 degrees cooler throughout the region.


Record High for Saturday in Hoquiam – 85 (1989)

Record High for Sunday in Hoquiam – 82 (2006) 

Ocean Shores & Westport:                    Fri.  - 72        Sat.  – 78      Sun. -             74       Mon. - 62

Pacific Beach, Moclips and Taholah:   Fri. - 77         Sat.  – 85      Sun. – 76      Mon. - 65

Aberdeen, Hoquiam & Cosmopolis:

            Fri. - 80         Sat.  – 90      Sun. – 88      Mon. - 67

Montesano, Humptulips and Amanda Park:

            Fri.  - 84        Sat.  – 92      Sun. – 90      Mon. - 72

Elma, McCleary & Oakville:                   Fri.  - 86        Sat.  – 94      Sun. – 95      Mon. - 77


The Water is COLD!

The National Weather Service has this recommendation:

If you are planning to enjoy our rivers, lakes, and waterways this weekend, please wear a life jacket while on a boat. Please be aware that rivers are running swift and water temperatures are still rather cold, ranging from the 40s near the mountains to around 60 degrees near Puget Sound. Hypothermia and drowning due to cold water shock can occur with these water temperatures.

The water at this time of year, in streams and rivers, is between 40-50 degrees. At that temperature, a person could lose dexterity in their limbs in under 5 minutes and become unconscious in 30-60 minutes.

Can you swim in the Pacific Ocean? 

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management recommends that anyone swimming along the ocean beaches, use extreme caution, due to very cold water temperatures – even in summer. Beach goers must deal with the prospect of rip currents, sneaker waves and hidden debris, such as logs in the surf and there are no lifeguards. DON’T TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA. We recommend never venturing more than knee deep in the Pacific Ocean and to remain vigilant, especially if you are with children and pets, for rip currents, sneaker waves, logs and other debris in the surf.

The Pacific Ocean temperature ranges between 50-60 degrees depending on the season. You could lose dexterity in your limbs within 10-15 minutes and become unconscious in an hour or two if swept out to sea by a rip current or sneaker wave.

LEARN RIP CURRENT SAFETY: Rip Currents are formed by surf and gravity, because once surf pushes water up the slope of the beach, gravity pulls it back. This can create concentrated rivers of water moving offshore. Some people mistakenly call this an undertow, but there is no undercurrent, just an offshore current. If you are caught in a rip current, don't fight it by trying to swim directly to shore. Instead, swim parallel to shore until you feel the current relax, then swim to shore. Most rip currents are narrow and a short swim parallel to shore will bring you to safety.

ALWAYS SWIM WITH A BUDDY:  Many drownings involve single swimmers. When you swim with a buddy, if one of you has a problem, the other may be able to help, including signaling for assistance from others. At least have someone onshore watching you.

The link below has great information about swimming in the Pacific Ocean, (the article is about Oregon but is exactly the same for Washington State).



Always check with the local jurisdiction and/or state parks to determine if beach campfires are permitted. 

Local area beaches which allow burning will allow it as long as the fires are a MINIMUM OF 100 FEET from the dunes and a size no larger than a 3 foot diameter and 2 feet high. All beach fires are to be completely extinguished prior to leaving the beaches. The dunes are very susceptible to fire from wind-blown sparks. Please be vigilant and report unattended beach fires.


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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


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.