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
GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us  



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 FIRST EVER MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN IN GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY HISTORY APPROVED BY FEMA

The first ever Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan in Grays Harbor County history has been approved by FEMA. The twenty jurisdictions included in the plan are Grays Harbor County, the cities of Aberdeen, Ocean Shores, Westport, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis,, Montesano, McCleary, Oakville and Elma, Fire Districts 2, 5, 7, 8, 16 and the South Beach Regional Fire Authority, Grays Harbor Hospital District #2, the Port of Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor Transit and Grays Harbor College. For many of these jurisdictions, this is their first Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The next step will be the adoption of the plan by all 20 participants. From the point the adoptions are made and forwarded to FEMA, the plan will be viable for 5 years. The goal is to work together to update and reapply again 5 years from now. 

The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is very comprehensive, and was approved by FEMA without any revisions needed to be made. It is a testament to all of the representatives from the 20 jurisdictions included in the plan, who put in many hours of hard work dedicated to their specific entity. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would also like to thank Beverly O’Dea and Bridgeview Consulting, LLC for their incredibly hard work and assistance to this planning effort. 

WHAT IS A HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN? 

According to FEMA.gov, 

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan. State, tribal, and local governments engage in hazard mitigation planning to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events. Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

Developing hazard mitigation plans enables state, tribal, and local governments to:

  • Increase education and  awareness around threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities;
  • Build partnerships for risk reduction involving government, organizations, businesses, and the      public;
  • Identify long-term, broadly-supported strategies for risk reduction;
  • Align risk reduction with other state, tribal, or community objectives;
  • Identify implementation approaches that focus resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities;      and
  • Communicate priorities to potential sources of funding. 

Moreover, a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan is a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects. Ultimately, hazard mitigation planning enables action to reduce loss of life and property, lessening the impact of disasters.

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Map Your Neighborhood

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN), is a free program designed by the Washington Emergency Management Department and implemented locally by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management to improve readiness at the neighborhood level. MYN teaches neighbors to rely on each other. It takes just ONE person to begin.  BY attending a 90 minute local MYN meeting, neighborhood leaders can help get their communities get ready for a disaster, “filling the gap” between Community Emergency Response Team training (CERT) and individual preparedness. Accompanying materials are provided at no cost.

For more information and to schedule a Map your Neighborhood community meeting, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at: ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or call (360) 964-1575 or (360) 964-1576

 

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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

EOC

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

StormReady
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.

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Grays Harbor County continues to hold both designations of StormReady and TsunamiReady.