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GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

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4th of July Fireworks Restrictions

County/City Ban or Restricted Discharge Period

RCW 70.77.395 states Fireworks may used and discharged on the following dates and times unless the local jurisdiction has a restriction.

Jurisdictions with NO restrictions may use & discharge fireworks from:

Noon to 11pm on June 28th

9am – 11pm from June 29th -July 3rd

9am to midnight on July 4th

9am -11pm on July 5th

Grays Harbor County

FIREWORKS AND RECREATIONAL BURNING RESTRICTIONS

  •  If discharging fireworks along the beaches, remember to be 100+ feet away from the dunes, move closer to the water and always point towards the ocean to prevent sparks from landing in the dry dune areas.
  • Use extreme caution when discharging fireworks around other people, pets and children.
  •  DO NOT drink adult beverages and discharge fireworks. Countless injuries occur each year linking alcohol consumption and discharging fireworks.
  • Please DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. Designate a driver to transport everyone home safely from your holiday activities.     
  •  Please be courteous and remove your debris when you leave the beach. Soak all fireworks debris in water and dispose of it properly. DO NOT put fireworks debris in your car or in trash receptacles unless it has been thoroughly soaked in water.
  • Japanese Lanterns are prohibited in Grays Harbor County! Japanese Lanterns (paper, floating or Chinese Lanterns) are essentially unmanned hot air balloons and a person cannot constantly attend the flame inside the lantern as it rises in the sky and floats away, they would be in violation of outdoor burning rules as stated in WAC 173-425-060(5)(c)(vi). “A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times, and the fire must be extinguished before leaving it.”

AberdeenRestricted – DISCHARGE ONLY on July 4th, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight

CosmopolisRestricted – DISCHARGE ONLY  on July 4th, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight

ElmaNone

Grayland  - None

Hoquiam  - Restricted - July 3rd & July 4th, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight

McCleary - None

Montesano - None

Oakville - None

Ocean ShoresRestricted - July 2nd & 3rd, Noon to 11 p.m. & July 4th, Noon to midnight

Unincorporated Grays Harbor County - None

Westport - Restricted -Discharge only along the beach at Half Moon Bay, July 4th, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Discharge must be at least 200 feet west of the beach grass line

                               Fireworks Information Center

                        U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Fireworks Injuries

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.


Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths in your community.

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks: 

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
 

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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


EOC

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
TsunamiReady




StormReady

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.