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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April 15- 21 is National Volunteer Week. The national recognition for volunteers began in 1974 when President Nixon signed an Executive Order establishing a week of recognition and celebration. 

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would like to thank everyone who volunteers throughout our local communities, our county and state as coaches, trainers, food bank helpers, disaster CERT team members, church and social organization members, search & rescue organizations, neighborhood watch organizations, amateur radio operators, and a myriad of other helpers and organizations.  All volunteer, not for the accolades or personal recognition, but because they have a desire to make our world a better place for all to live. 

Sometimes all it takes is a cheer, a hug, a handshake or just a bit of assistance to make a difference in someone’s life, whether they are learning to succeed as a young person, or whether they are in the middle of a disaster, when it appears all hope is lost. 

We would like to bestow our highest honor to all who volunteer. We recognize you, who make our communities shine, not only during disaster, but on a daily basis.  Each and every person you touch, feels a sense of belonging and relief, just by knowing someone cares. We are proud to work with all of you and thank each one of you for your time, commitment and humanity. You are our true heroes! 



In July 2017, a coalition of Grays Harbor County municipalities and special purpose districts embarked on a planning process to prepare for impacts of disasters. 

Responding to federal mandates in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390), the coalition was formed to pool resources and create a uniform hazard mitigation strategy that can be consistently applied to the defined planning area. This planning coalition, made up of the County, its 9 cities, and 10 special purpose districts within Grays Harbor County has now completed that effort. The planning process was led by Grays Harbor County Office of Emergency Management with support from Bridgeview Consulting, LLC, the primary technical consultant.  The project was funded by a planning grant from FEMA, and took approximately 9 months to complete. 

During this process, citizens were asked to contribute by sharing local knowledge of the region’s vulnerability to hazards based on past occurrences, as well as identify initiatives which could help reduce the level of impact of those hazards. Public involvement was solicited via a multi-media campaign that included: press releases; public council/board presentations and meetings; web-based information; Twitter and Facebook feeds; questionnaires, and safety fairs.  Many of these efforts were televised.  

That process has now culminated with the development of the Draft 2018 Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is now available for review and comment at the informational website established for this planning effort at:  


The public is highly encouraged to provide input on the draft plan to Charles Wallace, Grays Harbor County Emergency Manager at CWallace@co.grays-harbor.wa.us  or via phone at (360) 249-3911.  Citizens can also contact the Consultant, Bev O’Dea at Bevodea@bridgeviewconsulting.org, or via phone at (253) 301-1330.  The comment period will run for 17 days beginning April 13, 2018.

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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.