GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY
Temperatures becoming frigid this weekend with the possibility of another snow event
The National Weather Service in Seattle is forecasting frigid temperatures for tonight into Sunday morning, with single digit temperatures expected throughout the entire County.
Some computer models are showing the possibility of another snow event similar to the one last night to occur later this weekend. More information will follow as the models develop greater confidence.
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management urges all citizens to check on friends and neighbors who may need assistance dealing with the extreme cold temperatures. Remain vigilant over pets and farm animals that are outdoors.
Those using portable heaters and generators should be aware of the dangers of using them indoors or too close to windows and doors. Never use your oven or stove for heat! Review the warning signs for Carbon Monoxide poisoning to protect yourself and your family.
As always during these events, roads may freeze or become covered with frost or snow and become extremely hazardous. Use caution while driving and give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.
WSDOT and County Road Crews will be working throughout the weekend to maintain safe roadways.
Grays Harbor County is Hosting a
Real World Disaster Exercise on Sat. Dec. 07th
Everyone is Welcome!!
This is as realistic as it can get without a true disaster occurring! The Citizen Full Scale Disaster Exercise will be held at the South Shore Mall, in Aberdeen on Sat. Dec. 07 from 10-3pm.The mall entrance will be near the old Penney’s store. The South Shore Mall in Aberdeen will be converted into a disaster assembly area complete with mass sheltering including pets, medical assistance, communications and mass feeding.
The scenario will follow a major earthquake in the county where numerous people will be in need of housing, medical attention, food and communication. All participants should be ready to set up the shelters as part of a work group (with assistance from Red Cross and Emergency Management volunteers).
This is your chance to get your hands dirty and witness the initial confusion of such an event and how collaboration is essential in order to accomplish the steps needed to assist your fellow citizens.
Come one – Come all! Everyone is welcome to participate. CERT teams, church groups, schools, clubs and individuals.
There will also be specific areas to see the DECON Unit from Grays Harbor Community Hospital, a basic first aid area, Obtain information from the Red Cross, Grays Harbor County Public Health, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management and from our extremely important Amateur Radio Volunteers (Ham Radio).
All are invited and will get a chance to assist in the setup of at least one area.
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AHAB Sirens and Emergency Notification Availability for Grays Harbor County Residents
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is very active during all severe weather and disaster events and exercises. During our monitoring of The Great Shakeout Exercise, some extremely prominent misconceptions, rumor and just plain bad information began circulating within the social media networks. To alleviate these issues, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management wishes to present the following information.
1) There are numerous way citizens can become notified and receive information on severe weather or emergency/disaster events. AHAB Sirens, All Hazard ALERT Weather Radios, the Grays Harbor County Emergency Notification System, AM/FM Radio, The Grays Harbor County Emergency Website and the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Twitter and Facebook pages. See below for information.
a) Be aware the message television sends may NOT pertain to your site specific location!
b) Local newspapers do present pertinent information although the information will not be the most up to date at the time of reading.
c) The internet presents another situation where the information you receive may not be relevant for your site specific location. Beware of the information you obtain and please check with a bonafide resource such as the numerous sources Grays Harbor Emergency Management provides.
d) DO NOT call 911 for information. They will be overwhelmed with life threatening, emergency situations and will have no time to answer questions about the event.
2) The All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) Sirens are designed to be heard within a 1 mile radius and OUTDOORS only. Be extremely aware that wind and rain can distort the voice message and also greatly reduce the distance you can hear the siren during severe weather. For notification if you are INDOORS, you will need to purchase an All Hazard Alert Weather Radio. The radios are available at various locations and range between $25.00 - $50.00. Be sure the radio is an ALERT radio. Many purchase radios that need to be tuned and turned on. Those radios WILL NOT provide the necessary protection and alerting your family needs. You’ll need an All Hazard ALERT Weather Radio that activates on its own.
3) Misinformation causes confusion and rumor. If you are not sure about anything related to Emergency Management, severe weather or disaster preparation, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at: GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or call (360) 249-3911.
4) AM/FM radio as well as your All Hazard Alert Weather Radio WILL provide you with pertinent information provided by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management for all Grays Harbor County residents.
5) Please like follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
6) If you are interested in signing up for the Grays Harbor Emergency Notification System which will provide you with a phone call, text message and an e-mail in the event of severe weather or an emergency or disaster situation, please follow the link and we will add you to our service. http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/EMailTWS.asp
7) Remember Grays Harbor County Emergency Management has a website at:
8) Emergency Preparedness is your responsibility. Local jurisdictions do not have the capability to assist you in the event of a disaster event. Please plan today for what will impact you in the future. Please call Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at (360) 249-3911 or e-mail us at: GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us for assistance in planning or to answer any further questions you may have.
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The Great Shakeout is Thursday October 17th at 10:17am
On Thursday October 17th, at 10:17am, The Great Shakeout Earthquake Exercise will initiate. This will be the largest earthquake exercise ever conducted worldwide and will include the entire West Coast of the United States. All AHAB Sirens will activate with the actual, full 3 minute warning siren along with a voice message announcing the test. The All Hazard Weather Radios will only activate with the required weekly test at 10:17am. Some weather radios will not activate because they do not receive weekly test messages. If you are not sure whether your All Hazard Weather Radio is functioning properly, push the radio button. You should hear the 24 hour weather forecast message. If you do not hear a voice transmission, you may need to reconfigure the radio or move it to another area.
As part of the exercise, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is asking all government buildings, schools, businesses and private citizens to:
2) Then evacuate their building, school or home to a predetermined safe area and account for all staff, students family and pets.
a) A process should be in place to account for any staff, student or family member not on location with you - text, phone call etc.
b) Consider who to contact should you find anyone is NOT accounted for.
The exercise should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete and is to provide awareness to all citizens, enabling them to best protect themselves, their staff, students and family members during an earthquake event. Please stress that in the event of an earthquake occurring anywhere in Grays Harbor County, there may be a possibility of aftershocks.
ATTENTION - ALL COASTAL COMMUNITIES
Remember that notification of whether a tsunami has been generated or not, may take up to 10-15 minutes following the shaking of an earthquake. Your initial actions should be to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” followed by moving to high ground without hesitation when the shaking stops! Once on high ground, personnel accountability should take place.
In a true event, DO NOT leave the safe haven until told to do so by local authorities. A Tsunami event is a series of large, devastating waves and the initial wave may not be the largest. The event could last as long as 24 hours.
Wind v. Water - Hurricane Sandy Coverage Issues
Go to Press releases - look up under the date 01/08/2013
Would You Do It All Over Again?
Go to Press Releases - look up under the date 01/07/2013
Preparedness Complacency and Apathy - Really? Go to Press Releases and look up under the date 21/31/2012
Our Unknown Heroes - Go to Press Releases and look up under the date 12/19/2012
Avoid Confusion in Emergency Alerts and Messages - Go to Press Releases and look up under the date 12/17/2012
Sneaker Wave Video - Ocean Shores WA
Register for the Grays Harbor County Notification System
If you need assistance in obtaining the specific information you seek, please e-mail Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at: email@example.com
or call (360)-249-3911 x 1575