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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Saturday, November 18, 2017, 3:30 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a WIND ADVISORY for the Central Coast (Grays Harbor County) from 6:00 am Sunday morning, through 5:00 pm Sunday evening. South winds are forecast to be 20-35 mph gusting to 55 mph. Rain is expected to be heavy at times through the day also. Be alert for possible power outages throughout the coast.


Emergencies and disasters can occur at any time with little or no notice. Our Fall and Winter wind and rain events can last for days, with storm systems seemingly blowing through – one after another. Luckily we have not been influenced by any regional storm events recently, which cause major flooding along all of our larger rivers and create wind driven power outages, lasting multiple days. We have escaped a large magnitude earthquake along one of our inland faults and, I hate to mention it, along the Cascadia Subduction Zone along our Western Coast, which will have devastating consequences for all in the Pacific Northwest. The issue we must realize is – all of these events have occurred in the past and will impact our region again. 

Preparation will always assist in saving lives and property, reducing the impact any event has upon you and your family.  Obtaining information about your specific risk and hazards where you live and work and where your children attend school, will assist you in making personal decisions about the level of preparedness your family will need. Just knowing where to obtain official information prior to, during and following any emergency or disaster event is one of the first steps toward preparation. 

Contacting your insurance company on a yearly basis minimally, can assist in having coverage for damages incurred during these type events. Yes, insurance can be costly. But understanding the types of coverage offered, such as flood, earthquake and landslide insurance can allow you to make the most informed decision about the type of coverages you wish for your home. Yes, renters need insurance to protect their property. They are not covered by the owner’s property insurance. 

Go Kits (Get Away Bags) are essential for home, work and your vehicle if you ever need to leave your home or vehicle due to emergency or disaster. These can be put together with items you have at home. 


All Hazard “Alert” Weather Radios are A MUST IN EVERY HOME in the Pacific Northwest, due to the high probability of severe storms, flooding and earthquake. Cost is minimal, $25-$50, and most can be purchased on-line or in your local hardware store. 

We recommend all citizens sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System for emergency and disaster alerts from Grays Harbor County Emergency Management via phone call, text and e-mail telling you of possible emergent situations such as flooding, and severe storms.  YOU MUST VOLUNTARILY SIGN UP FOR THESE ALERTS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THEM. 

TO SIGN UP FOR THE GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM, go to: http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/departments/emergency_management/DEMNotificationRequest.php 

Social media is another great way to receive information and the county has numerous great social media sites run by different agencies, however prior to forwarding any information, please verify whether the information is correct. 

The quickest way to receive and verify emergency and disaster information from Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 

Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ghcdem 

Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grays-Harbor-County-Emergency-Management/426601594068767 

•You can follow the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Website at: http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/departments/emergency_management/index.php 

You can also call Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at (360) 964-1575 or (360) 964-1576.

 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.


 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.