Grays Harbor Emergency Management is holding a Disaster Preparedness event on Saturday, November 5th from 10am-3pm at Buck Electric Ace Hardware, 171 E Chance A La Mer NE in Ocean Shores.
Information on preparing for the next earthquake or tsunami will be available as well as the opportunity to buy an All Hazard Radio and get it programmed by the GH EMS personnel.
The next Disaster Preparedness event is Saturday November 12th at Ace Electric True Value Store, 414 7th Street, Hoquiam.
It’s that time of year for FOOD-BALL – and this year’s event will be even MORE special as 2011 marks 30 years since former KDUX employee Jill Bellis started this effort to stock area food banks for the holiday season.
Aberdeen & Hoquiam will have to work EXTRA hard this year to top the 2010 totals of 973,738 pounds of food being collected!
Hoquiam won the last year’s “competition” but the REAL “winners” are the people of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties who rely on the Coastal Harvest Food Distribution Warehouse to help them feed their families.
Here’s how FOOD-BALL works:
The students comb their neighborhoods looking for donations of non-perishable food items as well as cash donations.
Each dollar collected is converted to TEN POUNDS of food!
Donation collections begin at 12:01 AM this Friday and the final weigh-in will be held at the Grays Harbor PUD on November 14th at 5 PM.
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6 at 2am.
As you set your clocks back an hour, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is asking that all citizens become pro active in protecting your family from harm.
All households and businesses are being asked to:
1) CHANGE the batteries in their Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide detectors and your All Hazard Weather Radios at the same time you change your clocks. Also, please test the alarm to make sure they work properly.
2) Check the status of any portable indoor heaters and remember to NEVER refuel indoors. If you use kerosene heaters, remember to leave a window open no less than 1” for ventilation.
3) Check the status of your generators.
4) Check or begin to assemble your “Go Kits” and 72 hour supplies in the event of a power outage. (see takewinterbystorm.org for more info)
5) In the event of severe weather or disaster, remember to check on your neighbors.
The Hoquiam High School Cheer Team, led by coach Charlotte Helland, has been busy getting the word out about the dangers of texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving.
The Cheer Team’s educational efforts will land them a $500 State Farm grant being administered by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission in Olympia.
To earn the grant, the cheerleaders are:
* passing out brochures about the dangers of texting and driving,
* holding up banners visible to traveling motorists,
* putting up posters around the school and community,
* getting their fellow students to make a commitment that they won’t text and drive and
* conducting a survey of their fellow students on the distracted driving issue.
WTSC Program Manager Jonna VanDyk says the Hoquiam Cheer Team will be the first group in the state to qualify for the $500 grant.
Main Street in Elma will be closed this afternoon from the East end of 3rd Street and the West end of 4th until 6pm
Officials say this street closure is being taken as a precaution to keep Trick or Treaters as safe as possible
Liz Anderson from Grays Harbor PUD says 300 customers in the Grayland area are without power following a collision between a car and a utility pole. At one point 700 customers lost power.
Anderson says it’s estimated power to those 300 customers should be back on by 3am.
Breaking News: 700 customers south of Grayland are without power this evening due to a vehicle vs. power pole collision. The GH PUD says it will take 6 to 7 hours to fix the pole and get power restored to the area.
Hoquiam Police now say that the Riverside Bridge has been fixed.
Stuck open for over 40 minutes this morning according to drivers, the malfunction in the bridge has been fixed and traffic is moving through.
It is unknown if this malfunction had anything to do with the boat vs bridge accident yesterday.
Hoquiam Police say that the Riverside Bridge is stuck open. Washington DOT have no estimate on when this can be fixed. At this time it is unknown what caused the bridge to malfunction.
Drivers say that the bridge has already been open for over 40 minutes.
Hoquiam PD say that if at all possible try to avoid Sumner and Riverside until the problem can be fixed.
This afternoon a small yacht broke free from its mooring and drifted toward the Riverside Bridge. The boat’s mast hit the bridge. No word on any damage to either the boat or the bridge. (thanks Mickey Thurman for the photo)