May 27, 2011

The Pacific Northwest has been extremely fortunate eluding the devastating weather and natural disasters which have wreaked havoc worldwide over the past 2-3 years. In the US, extreme cold and record snowfalls were recorded in the Northeast. Flooding continues to impact the South and all along the Mississippi. Currently, the Midwest is being threatened by daily destructive tornadoes. 

Since 1953, there have been 42 Presidential Disaster Declarations in Washington State including flooding, severe storm, earthquake, wildfire and volcano which breaks down to one disaster every 17 months. Grays Harbor County has been named in 8 of the last 9 Presidential Disaster Declarations in Washington State between 2001 and 2011 or one disaster every 15 months. 

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would like to advise all citizens to become       PRO-ACTIVE and begin preparing for any weather or disaster situation. Essential preparation issues include:

1)       Obtain an All Hazard Weather Radio, program it to the proper frequency and change the batteries in it every time we change the clocks.

2)      Sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System You’ll receive a text message, phone call and an e-mail with information about weather or disaster related issues.

3)      Find out where the closest assembly area and shelter is located and practice moving to those areas with your entire family.

4)      All members of your family should have a person to call outside of Grays Harbor County to inform of their situation in the event they are separated from your family during an emergency or weather situation.

5)      Prepare a GO-KIT backpack to keep in your car (1) and at work (2) with:  ** These are minimal amounts **

a)       an AM/FM battery operated portable radio

b)      Flashlight

c)      1- 2 bottles of water for each person and for each pet in the household.

d)      Matches in a waterproof container (plastic bag)

e)      Snack bars for your family and a small plastic bag of food for each pet

f)        A sweatshirt or light jacket for each member

g)      Disposable rain poncho for each member of your family

h)      Hand warmer packets

i)        Package of sanitary wipes

j)        Pocketknife (be aware there may be restrictions for the workplace)

6)      Begin assembling emergency supplies at home to last for a minimum of 3 days in the event a situation occurs where you need to shelter in place.

For more information on becoming PRO-ACTIVE and to sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System, please go to the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management website at: http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp or call (360) 249-3911.

Categories: KXRO Community
%d bloggers like this: