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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5:45 am    Wednesday January 17, 2018

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a COASTAL FLOOD WATCH, which is in effect from 4:00 am early Thursday morning through 10:00 pm Thursday evening. 

A WIND ADVISORY has also been issued from 10:00 am Wednesday through 6:00 pm Wednesday for sustained winds from the SE at 20-35 mph gusting to 45 mph. Possible local power outages could occur.  

* Coastal Flooding - Coastal Flooding is possible along the shores and in the harbors of the Central Washington Coast (Grays Harbor County), around the time of High Tides on Thursday. Large swells of 25 - 30 feet or more will reach the coast on Thursday afternoon, pushing water onto the coast and into harbors. Waves this size cause dangerous conditions on beaches and can flood parts of coastal towns.

* Some affected locations - Westport, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen and Taholah.

* Timing - Greatest impacts will be Thursday afternoon and evening (noon to 10pm). Waves will diminish after that but may remain above 20 feet through Friday.

* Tide info -There is a high tide Thursday afternoon. If the biggest waves arrive at the time of high tide, impacts could be somewhat greater. However, with waves of this size, there will be impacts regardless of the time of high tide.

* Impacts - Beach run-up by waves will be extensive, and beach erosion is possible. Low - lying areas and roadways near shorelines could experience saltwater flooding. Some levees and other structures are likely to be overtopped by the biggest waves. Downtown Westport has had flooding during episodes of extremely high swell in past years. The southern tip of the Ocean Shores Peninsula has also had some erosion in previous events. 

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management urges caution while on beaches and near piers and jetties during this event. DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA! Waves will run much farther up beaches and can overtop jetties and piers easily and without notice. Use caution while driving due to the possibility of saltwater flooding impacting low lying coastal roads leading in and out of coastal towns and cities.

A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH Means conditions favorable for flooding are expected to develop. Coastal residents should be alert for later statements or warnings, and take action to protect property. 



Preparedness on the Harbor” newsletter

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would like to invite you to please enjoy our most recent “Preparedness on the Harbor” newsletter for Jan/Feb. 2018.

This issue includes the first part of a short story on the harrowing events surrounding a natural disaster in Grays Harbor County, WA



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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.