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Sheriff Rick Scott
Director of Emergency Management
(360) 249-3711

Hannah Cleverly
Deputy Director of
Emergency Management
(360) 249-3911

Nicklaus Falley
Emergency Management Program Coordinator
(360) 964-1579
Carmin McCullough
DEM Assistant
(360) 964-1576
GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us  ESPAÑOL


Grays Harbor


Undetermined Tsunami Threat

Thursday, July 29 2021

At 11:37 PM last night, there was an 8.2 magnitude earthquake located 60 miles SE of Chignik, Alaska. A tsunami warning went into effect for parts of Alaska while a Tsunami advisory went into effect for other parts of Alaska.

Other US and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America were placed in an undetermined tsunami threat while the level of tsunami danger was being evaluated.

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management monitored this situation throughout the night and was prepared to make public notification, if needed.

At 02:34 AM this morning, the National Tsunami Warning Center issued an All Clear for the Washington Coast.

Why didn’t you get an alert?

Since this was an Information Statement, Mass Public Notification (Tsunami Sirens [AHAB], NOAA Radios, Text/Phone Call Alerts, etc.) did not occur for this event. When an alert is greater than an Information Statement, Grays Harbor County Alerts are initiated. Please be familiar with the Tsunami Alerts Graphic.

Be Prepared:

  • Sign up for Grays Harbor County Emergency Alerts: Sign Up - Smart911
  • Have a NOAA All-Hazard Alert Weather Radio indoors where AHABs cannot be heard.
  • Create a plan with your family. Ensure you and your family have “Go-Kits”.

Want to learn more?

Come out to our 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness EXPO this Saturday, July 31 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Shoppes at Riverside Parking Lot. We will have many vendors and subject matter experts prepared to answer your questions.

EXPO flyer 2021



Thursday, July 1, 2021
Contact: Grays Harbor County Fire Marshal’s Office (360) 249-4222

Burn Ban Restricting Outdoor Burning

MONTESANO —Effective 12:01 A.M. Friday, July 2nd , 2021.  With the continued trend of warm and dry weather the Grays Harbor County Fire Marshal’s office and Fire Districts, will be following the direction of Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and enacting restrictions on all outdoor burning in Grays Harbor County until conditions moderate.

Charcoal and wood burning, recreational campfires, residential yard waste and land clearing burning are prohibited until further notice.

The use of natural and propane gas burning self-contained camping stoves and natural and propane gas burning portable fire pits are allowed.

Please contact your local fire district for further information and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for updates on burn restrictions at 1-800-323-BURN or visit their website at www.dnr.wa.gov/burn-restrictions.  Contact ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 or visit their website at www.orcaa.org for a full list of burn restrictions in the local and surrounding areas.

At the time of this notice Washington State Parks was enacting a similar ban for local beaches.

For current information about fires on local BEACHES contact WASHINGTON STATE PARKS @ (360) 902-8844.

Please contact your local fire district for further information or the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for updates on burn restrictions at 1-800-323-BURN and visit their website at www2.wadnr.gov/burn-risk. Contact ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 or visit their website at www.orcaa.org.

For more information on local fire restrictions

Fire Districts: Emergency pages of the local telephone book
City Fire Departments: Government pages of the local telephone book
Washington State Department of Natural Resources: Pacific Cascade Regional Office at (360) 577-2025 or Olympic Region Office at (360) 374-2811
Grays Harbor County: Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 249-4222
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency: 1-800-422-5623
Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest: (360) 565-3121

For the most current updates on burn restrictions
Contact ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 or visit their website at www.orcaa.org.


 Emergency Management Message Board



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


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.