GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY
SEVERE WEATHER TONIGHT AND TOMORROW
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory for the Central Coast (Grays Harbor County) from 5pm tonight through 8am Wednesday morning. There is also a Flood Watch for all Western Washington Rivers. At this time, no rivers in Grays Harbor County are forecast to reach flood stage.
Tonight, winds are expected to increase from the South approaching 25-30mph, gusting to 50mph.
Also associated with this storm will be heavy rain which could total 3-5 inches in the Olympics and 2-4 inches in the lowlands over the next 24 hour period. Minor flooding could occur in low lying areas as well as create major puddling on highways and streets making driving extremely hazardous, especially at night.
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is urging all residents to prepare for the severe weather that has been forecast. When the strong winds and rain arrive, power outages are likely to occur. Do not approach fallen trees, branches or power lines. Check your generators. Do not use generators indoors. Do not refuel portable space heaters indoors. Never use your oven or barbeque grill to heat your home. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the forecast with the National Weather Service.
Remember to call 911 ONLY in a true emergency. During severe weather events, 911 receives a high increase of calls. Please do not call 911 to receive weather updates or for road conditions. You can receive the most up to date information from Grays Harbor County Emergency Management on Facebook, Twitter and on the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Website at http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp
Driving in Fog
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is cautioning all drivers that this is the time of year when we begin to see increased fog situations on all roads and highways. The following information will be extremely helpful to every driver.
Driving In Fog (SmartMotorist.com)
Statistically, driving in fog is the most dangerous driving hazard in existence.
The best advice we can give to drivers confronted with thick fog is to get off the road as soon as possible. If you can't or won't pull off the road we offer the following advice:
· * Keep your MINIMUM safety gap to three seconds in ideal conditions; with the decreased visibility fog causes, this interval should be increased substantially.
· * Slow down. Most fog-related traffic fatalities occur because someone was driving too fast and couldn't stop in time to avoid a collision.
· * Make sure that you can be seen. Turn on your fog lights, and use low beams. High beams direct light up into the fog making it difficult for you to see. Low beams direct light down onto the road and help other drivers to see you.
· * Use the right edge of the road (aka fog line) as a guide rather than the center line, to avoid running into oncoming traffic or becoming distracted by their headlights.
· * If you leave the road, be sure to pull off completely. Turn off your driving lights and turn on your flashers so others know you're there but won't think you are driving on the road.
· * Always use your defroster and windscreen wipers in foggy conditions to keep the windows clear.
· * Keep an eye on your speedometer and maintain a slow, constant speed.
· * Remember that other drivers have a limited sight distance and that fog can leave roadways slick. Signal early, and when you use your brakes, don't stomp on them.
FEMA Honors Achievement in Community Preparedness to theCommunity of the Ocosta School District
2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Award Winners Announced
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced the winners of the 2014 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, recognizing the outstanding efforts of individuals, programs and organizations throughout the country working to prepare their communities for emergencies.
“Strong emergency management requires teamwork, community engagement, innovation and strong relationships at all levels before disasters occur,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. “This year, we recognize individuals and organizations that exemplify this approach, and I congratulate them on their dedication to make our nation stronger and safer.”
This year’s honorees developed and implemented innovative tools, programs and resources, which provided opportunities for a wide variety of stakeholders to make their communities better prepared and more resilient.
The community of the Ocosta School District was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Community Preparedness Heroes category - “In recognition of your service to the whole community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency hereby awards you an honorable mention in the 2014 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.”
The community of the Ocosta School District, encompassing the entire South Beach area of Grays Harbor County and Pacific County, should be proud of their vision and accomplishment to build the first Tsunami Engineered Safe Haven Building in North America, the Ocosta Elementary School. This historic achievement is a testament to every community member. The new elementary school will stand as a beacon for all communities, large and small, showing what determination, perseverance, compassion and pure grit can accomplish. This could never have been realized without the overwhelming support, effort and foresight of every community member. Congratulations to each and every one of you!
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