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Flooding 2015

January 14, 2015

At this time, Washington State Emergency Management has sent three people to assist Grays Harbor County Emergency Management with community outreach to the Aberdeen and Hoquiam School Districts, the Salvation Army and to St. Mary’s Church in Aberdeen. They have also been able to assist with the outreach to many of our Spanish speaking friends and neighbors. All are working very hard assisting in the compilation and review of the Individual Preliminary Damage Assessment forms.

There are many different programs which can support the affected homeowners, businesses and governments however there are certain monetary thresholds which must be reached for damage to homes and businesses before these agencies are authorized to provide aid.  The Individual Preliminary Damage Assessment is the first step toward meeting those thresholds.

The review process of the Individual Preliminary Damage Assessment forms is taking longer than expected because of necessary missing information on individual forms. To help alleviate the problems and to ensure proper reporting of your specific flood/landslide damage issues, please be sure your form includes the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. City
  4. Phone number (where you can be reached if we have questions)
  5. E-mail (if you have one)
  6. Whether or not you are an Owner or Renter
  7. Insurance type
  8. Deductible amount
  9. Estimated Fair Market Value (How much you believe your home is worth)
  10. Estimated Structure loss (How much you think the damages to your home itself are)
  11. Estimated personal property loss (Including cars, lawnmowers, clothing, furniture etc.)
  12. Date and description of damage (write what has been damaged and why)

 Renters and homeowners can begin to report damages on the form at this link.

It is essential for EVERYONE who received damage from the flooding and/or the landslides to complete a preliminary damage report.  When you fill out the report, you are assisting everyone affected by adding your damages to the total.

Remember, the possibility of receiving assistance from government programs CANNOT BE GUARANTEED, however the more businesses and people who report, the closer we arrive to the threshold for assistance.


Individuals needing housing assistance or are experiencing landlord /tenant issues are encouraged to call Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) at 360-533-5100. CCAP can also provide guidance to those on SNAP who suffered a loss of stored food during the flood.


Many, many people have been impacted significantly by this event. Repairs and clean-up will be costly to those affected. A relief fund has been set up at Anchor Bank and at Great Northwestern Federal Credit Union (any branch) to assist our Grays Harbor County friends, family and neighbors.  All funds will go directly towards assisting those in need following this disaster.


Please be extremely cautious about contractors and those soliciting monies at your door. DO NOT allow entry to anyone or give money to those soliciting without checking with your city or the county


The Groundbreaking for Ocosta Elementary School, the 1st Vertical Evacuation, Tsunami Engineered building in North America will take place  this Thursday at 1pm 

The new Ocosta Elementary School Building will be the first building in North America to include the engineering to withstand the effects of  earthquakes and tsunami while providing a safe haven for all students, teachers and staff of the school as well as citizens who flee there during tsunami warnings. The school should be completed by late fall 2015.
If you would like more information, please call Chuck Wallace at (360) 580-2281



Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Offers a Variety of Ways to Receive Severe Weather and Emergency and Disaster Information

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  • 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 information from Grays Harbor Emergency Management.
  • 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:
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If you need assistance in obtaining the specific information you seek, please e-mail Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at:
or call (360)-249-3911 x 1575


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.