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Department of Emergency Management

  Sheriff Rick Scott
Director of Emergency Management

Charles Wallace

Deputy Director

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Grays Harbor County Emergency Management
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FALL AND WINTER WEATHER OUTLOOK

The National Weather Service and the Climate Prediction Center has released the Fall and Winter Weather Outlook for the Pacific Northwest as of last week.

The results are increased odds of warm temperatures this fall and equal chances of warm/cold for January - March.

No real significant trend for precipitation this fall and winter.

Mountain snowpack likely to be near or above average this winter.

On the WEATHER EVENT SCALE:

Major flooding is more likely

Major wind storms likely

Good chance of lowland snowfall this winter

Wet this fall with flooding likely, then fall wind storms, potential for cold and snow after the first of the year.  

SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS ON SEVERE WEATHER, LOCAL EMERGENCY AND DISASTER INFORMATION FROM GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The fall and winter severe storm season is nearly upon us. Stay informed about severe weather forecasts, flooding and possible wind damage specific to your community in Grays Harbor County as well as regional, state and worldwide disaster events by signing up for one or more of the various ways we provide information to citizens and visitors to our county.

We recommend all citizens sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System for emergency and disaster alerts from Grays Harbor County Emergency Management via phone call, text and e-mail. YOU MUST VOLUNTARILY SIGN UP FOR THESE ALERTS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THEM.

The notices using the Grays Harbor County Notification System are ONLY sent when conditions warrant emergency citizen notification due to possible flooding, wind damage or other disaster events which could result in injury or damage to people, pets, livestock, homes and property. 

Grays Harbor Emergency Management also offers an opportunity for you to obtain other information via e-mail, on a 2-3 day basis about world disaster events, impending storm events, citizen and community preparedness. (If filling out the Notification System registration form, just type in “SIGN ME UP” in the COMMENTS section of the form and we’ll add you to our regular e-mail list as well as the Grays Harbor County Notification List.)

THE LINK TO THE NOTIFICATION REGISTRATION PAGE IS:

http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/EMailTWS.asp

•The quickest way to receive emergency and disaster information from Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

•Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ghcdem

•Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grays-Harbor-County-Emergency-Management/426601594068767

•You can follow the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Website at: http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp

•You can also receive an informational e-mail from Emergency Management on a one to two day basis with information on world disaster events, new information on natural hazards and general preparedness issues. To be added to our e-mail list, send your name and e-mail address to:  ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us

•All Grays Harbor County citizens are urged to obtain an All Hazard ALERT Weather Radio for immediate alerts for severe weather and disaster information.

•Remember, television usually DOES NOT broadcast the correct emergency information for your site specific location in Grays Harbor County.

•All local AM/FM radio stations will transmit the most up to date verified information from Grays Harbor Emergency Management.

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UNDERSTANDING TSUNAMI HAZARDS

**Fact Sheets for Grays Harbor County**

 

 

SIGN UP for the Grays Harbor Emergency Notification System to receive Emergency & Disaster information on winter storms, earthquakes and flooding.

SIGN UP HERE !!!

http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/dem/emailtws.asp

 

 

 

 

 
 

 




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.