Citizen Corps

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Citizen Corps Mission The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds through:

  • Preparing the public for local risks with targeted outreach
  • Engaging voluntary organizations to help augment resources for public safety, preparedness and response capabilities
  • Integrating the whole community and integrates nontraditional resources to ensure disaster preparedness

The Citizen Corps program includes a national network of over 1,200 state, local, and tribal Citizen Corps Councils bring together local government, business, and community leaders who work to prepare their communities for disaster and to make them more resilient. Councils harnesses the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the hazards and threats facing their community.

Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety.

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT    Grays Harbor County CERT    Ocean Shores CERT Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)The community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as: fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

For more information contact:

CERT Program Manager - Tammy Fairley - OSTLCERT@aol.com


Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Volunteers

Emergency Management Volunteers donate their time to the Emergency Management Office. They are also called ECC Volunteers or ECC Support. They do a number of activities with the department, including disbursement of emergency preparedness materials, promoting emergency preparedness, working with emergency management staff at the County Fair, administrative assistance, and helping Search and Rescue teams or in the ECC in the event of a disaster.

For more information contact:
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management -  ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us 


Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps is a group of volunteers prescreened and trained to augment Public Health staff during an emergency situation in Grays Harbor County. The Medical Reserve Corps plays a major role with:

  • Dispensing medications and vaccinations
  • Conducting health assessments
  • Disease surveillance
For more information contact:
Grays Harbor County Public Health - health@co.grays-harbor.wa.us


Amateur Radio

AMATEUR RADIO Emergency Communications Grays Harbor Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AEC) provides communications support to all the emergency response agencies of Grays Harbor County including the Division of Emergency Management and other multi-jurisdictional Emergency Operations Centers/shelters. This includes using equipment and frequencies beyond the traditional boundaries of Amateur Radio on any authorized radio, which may be connected with the on-going emergency. This support may involve the use of telephone, cellular, computer, internet, email, packet/pactor systems and in-office support of those managing the event.

While AEC is rooted in the ARES and RACES Amateur Radio programs, changes in communication technology and the requirements needed by public safety organizations require operators to be trained in communication areas other than operations on a selected frequency of a single service.

The Grays Harbor County Division of Emergency Management (DEM) manages the AEC program and expects its personnel to be more than just operators of radios on a "call if you need me" basis. AEC members strive to be professional communicators, who work as non-paid staff with the DEM to respond to the Emergency Operations Center or to any location necessary to maintain or enhance communications for the duration of the emergency. AEC is dedicated to working in partnership with the public-safety community to excel in the ability to provide professional emergency communications resources and services.

Auxiliary Emergency Communications members may respond with their personal equipment to set up communications most anywhere in the county and support the DEM radio room in Montesano which has communications capabilities on all Amateur Radio bands as well as Law Enforcement, fire, marine, air, transportation, PUD and state emergency frequencies. AEC members test all of this equipment regularly to ensure familiarity with the equipment and equipment readiness.

AEC has structured four Amateur radio repeaters throughout the county, which are used to carry out its program. A check-in net is held the first Sunday of the month at 19:00 hours local on 146.580 MHz simplex and the remaining Sundays at the same time on any of the AEC repeaters.

AEC encourages its members to first take care of themselves, family and neighbors during an emergency, but then to think about the larger picture. We strive to recruit communicators who look beyond their hobby as Amateur radio operators and wish to serve their community by committing to AEC and its goals.

For more information contact:
Grays Harbor AEC Emergency Coordinator - N7UJK@comcast.net


West Coast Search Dogs (WCSD)

West Coast Search Dogs of Washington (WCSD) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that was established in 1985. The purpose/mission of the unit is to furnish a rapid response search team to help locate lost subjects and offer aid within the limits of their training. They do this by establishing operational teams composed of trained scent discriminating Search dogs, dog handlers, and support personnel. The result is the ability to respond to mission requests from law enforcement, emergency management, fire safety officials, and parks services at local, state, and national levels.

Their dog teams respond to searches for missing, lost, or overdue persons in wilderness terrain or urban areas. Qualified WCSD teams also may assist local law enforcement, State Parks personnel, or other authorities in searching for crime scene evidence, known deceased persons, and for submerged drowning victims— provided environmental conditions are suitable for the dog and team members.

WCSD is dedicated to promoting public education regarding safety issues involved with outdoor recreation. We teach several classes each year to school and scouting groups. Another of our major objectives is to increase awareness of the effectiveness of trained SAR dogs in wilderness and urban environments.

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For more information contact:
WCSD - darlawatkins04@gmail.com