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Tip # 30 – A Month Full of Tips and Insights: What Have We Learned?

For the entire month of September, National Preparedness Month, a disaster preparedness tip has been posted to various social media sites on a daily basis.

So, what have we learned?

No matter where you live in the world, natural disasters can and do occur.

The impacts of disaster affect everyone with complete disregard to social status, race, age, gender, or whether you are prepared or not.

We have learned that preparedness begins with each and every one of us. We are ultimately responsible for preparing ourselves and our families.

Preparing for disaster will help reduce the impacts to you and your family.

The role of Government in disaster preparedness is to enact policies and community projects to help protect citizens should disaster occur – It cannot prevent a disaster from happening and it cannot help each individual citizen during disaster.

There are multiple sites to receive disaster alerts, warnings and information. Sign up for the sites which will assist you, your family and the site specific issues where you live.

Citizens are the true first responders. You will be there much faster than any police car, fire truck or ambulance. Know what to do to assist those in need in your community. Learn first aid, CPR, join a Community Emergency Response Team, (CERT), or a local Volunteer Fire Department.

No disaster event can be managed without volunteer assistance.

We have learned we need to become involved in our communities – there are not nearly enough response agency personnel to render aid during disaster. Volunteers always outnumber response agency members. 


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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.