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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Earlier this week The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s office assisted the Quinault Indian Nation on a search for a missing man in the Amanda Park area of the county. Search dogs and ground searchers were requested to assist. Search dog “Duey” and his handler Shay Jones arrived and found the missing man about 15 minutes after their arrival.  It was his first mission!

 Duey was newly tested as an air scent dog just a few days ago. Kudos to “Duey” and Shay!

The West Coast Search Dogs, (of which “Duey” is a member), and the Search Dogs from Grays Harbor Volunteer Search & Rescue, and their handlers are often requested for not only Grays Harbor County Searches, but for many other area searches because of their professionalism , training, dedication and success, while providing services to those in need. They DO NOT receive funding for their efforts. They train and respond using personal dollars.

 It is a testament to all of the various dog teams and search and rescue teams throughout the state, of their willingness to assist at any time, day or night, extreme heat or freezing cold, 365 days each year. These teams are highly successful in finding those lost and in need of assistance.

Please join Grays Harbor County Emergency Management in thanking all of our local dog teams, their handlers and our local search and rescue members, as well as those from across the state. Also, let’s not forget to congratulate “Duey” on his success on his very first mission. Way to go!

 If you would like to assist your local search and rescue teams, please contact your local emergency management office and they can put you in touch with the officers of the various teams.


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

Hotel, Motel, RV & Campground
Disaster Preparedness Workshop 

South Beach, Westport, & Tokeland - June 26th          
Ocean Shores & North Beach - June 27th


 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.