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Thanksgiving Holiday Driving Safety Tips

According to the National Safety Council, the Thanksgiving Holidays are one of the most hazardous holidays to be travelling on roadways.

One study on fatalities during holiday periods indicates a 42% increase in traffic fatalities on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving and a 19% increase on Thanksgiving Day. This year, the projected estimate over the 4.25 day Thanksgiving Holiday period for traffic fatalities is 418 with non-fatal medically consulted injuries estimated to be 44,700.

Besides combating an assortment of weather conditions this weekend, all drivers will face an assortment of hazardous drivers on the roadways.

  1. Some drivers will be in a hurry to arrive at their destination and then return to their homes while driving at substantially higher speeds than posted.
  2. In an effort to visit as long as possible with family and friends, many drivers will be driving while very drowsy. Drowsy driving can cause the same impacts as driving while under the influence of alcohol.
  3. Many drivers will take to the roadways while under the influence of adult beverages. You DO NOT have to be legally intoxicated to be considered a drunk driver.
  4. Drivers who text – Drivers spend an average five seconds with their eyes off the roadway when texting. A highly publicized study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute recently concluded that drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in car crashes or "near-accidents" than are undistracted drivers. The same report concluded that driving while texting is more dangerous than talking while driving or even reaching for a device.

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management wishes all a happy and safe holiday. Slow down, remain alert and DO NOT drink and drive. Remain safe for the benefit of your family friends and community.


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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


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


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.

TsunamiReady 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 has received both designations of StormReady and TsunamiReady. DEM continues to work on planning, education and awareness.