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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 22:39
Thursday, May 26, 2011 00:00
The Time to Prepare is Everyday
THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR DISASTER IS EVERYDAY
The Pacific Northwest has been extremely fortunate eluding the devastating weather and natural disasters which have wreaked havoc worldwide over the past 2-3 years. In the US, extreme cold and record snowfalls were recorded in the Northeast. Flooding continues to impact the South and all along the Mississippi. Currently, the Midwest is being threatened by daily destructive tornadoes.
Since 1953, there have been 42 Presidential Disaster Declarations in Washington State including flooding, severe storm, earthquake, wildfire and volcano which breaks down to one disaster every 17 months. Grays Harbor County has been named in 8 of the last 9 Presidential Disaster Declarations in Washington State between 2001 and 2011 or one disaster every 15 months.
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management
would like to advise all citizens to become
and begin preparing for any weather or disaster situation. Essential preparation issues include:
All Hazard Weather Radio
, program it to the proper frequency and change the batteries in it every time we change the clocks.
Sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System
You’ll receive a text message, phone call and an e-mail with information about weather or disaster related issues.
Find out where the closest assembly area and shelter is located
and practice moving to those areas with your entire family.
All members of your family should have a person to call outside of Grays Harbor County
to inform of their situation in the event they are separated from your family during an emergency or weather situation.
backpack to keep in your car (1) and at work (2) with: ** These are minimal amounts **
an AM/FM battery operated portable radio
1- 2 bottles of water for each person and for each pet in the household.
Matches in a waterproof container (plastic bag)
Snack bars for your family and a small plastic bag of food for each pet
A sweatshirt or light jacket for each member
Disposable rain poncho for each member of your family
Hand warmer packets
Package of sanitary wipes
Pocketknife (be aware there may be restrictions for the workplace)
Begin assembling emergency supplies at home to last for a minimum of 3 days
in the event a situation occurs where you need to shelter in place.
For more information on becoming PRO-ACTIVE and to sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System, please go to the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management website at:
or call (360) 249-3911.