By Beau Renfro
Coordinator, Department of Emergency Management 

October is Disaster Preparedness Month

 

October 12, 2017



The Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is happy to announce that October is Disaster Preparedness and NOAA Weather Radio Month. It is my goal to make Wahkiakum County and its residents as prepared and ready as possible for a disaster through preparation and public education.

In each of the coming weeks in October, I am going to provide you with information on how you can take four basic steps: Be informed, Create a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. By taking these steps now, it will make you and your family more prepared during and after an everyday emergency or a large-scale disaster.

This week, I am going to discuss how you can “Be Informed” before, during and after a disaster. Studies have shown that the public craves information about what to do, where to find a shelter, how to and where to get help during a disaster.

Wahkiakum County has implemented five primary ways of informing our community so you will be informed. Below is a brief description of each.

• Wahkiakum County Emergency Information line: You can call 795-3911 or 1-877-795-3910 (toll free) to listen to a recorded message that includes severe weather information, current road conditions and any other important announcements from the Sheriff’s Office and DEM.

• Facebook: Follow the DEM page at “Wahkiakum County Department of Emergency Management” and the “Wahkiakum County Sheriff’s Office” to see posts from County Officials and Emergency Management.

• Emergency Community Notification System: This is a system that will allow us to send out recorded messages to residents. All hard wired landline telephone numbers are automatically added to the system. It is VERY IMPORTANT for you to register your V.O.I.P. and/or CELLULAR telephones by visiting the DEM website at: http://www.co.wahkiakum.wa.us/dem.html and then click on the “Alert Wahkiakum County” picture or by contacting me.

• NOAA Weather radio network: This network allows Wahkiakum DEM and the National Weather Service to issue urgent or emergent messages through any weather radio that is equipped with tone alert capability and that is monitoring frequency 162.400. These radios are widely available and retail for around $25. The National Weather Service conducts a test every Wednesday at noon.

• Emergency Alert System: Allows Federal, State and Local Emergency Managers to issue alerts by preempting cable TV and some radio stations.

Weather spotter training

coming to Cathlamet

We have teamed up with the National Weather Service to offer a Weather Spotter training sessions next Wednesday at the Cathlamet Fire Hall located at 255 2nd St in Cathlamet.

Anyone who wants to become a volunteer weather spotter or those who are already weather spotters and want refresher training are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions or for more information on the item I have discussed in this article, contact me (Beau Renfro) at renfrob@co.wahkiakum.wa.us, 795-7876, 465-2202 or visit my website at: http://www.co.wahkiakum.wa.us/dem.html.

 

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