Winter Weather To Continue. Public Urged to Stay Home Unless Needed

Winter weather conditions are continuing throughout Whatcom County. These conditions are likely to worsen over the next 24 hours; we are urging the community to stay home unless absolutely necessary.   Snow accumulation of 1-2 inches and up to ½ inch of freezing rain are expected, coupled with NE winds that will  gust up to 30-35 mph. 

 

Due to the cold weather, the American Red Cross has opened a shelter at East Valley Regional Center at 8251 Kendall Rd, Maple Falls, WA 98266.  The shelter is scheduled to open at 6:00 PM on February 7, 2017. The American Red Cross will be staffing the shelter. If you need transportation assistance getting to this shelter you can contact Jessica Bea with Whatcom County Fire District #14 at 360-599-3944.

 

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“Be Prepared” – A Compendium of Earthquake Preparedness Resources

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It has now been 317 years + 1 day since the last Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake. We live in earthquake country – this January we had earthquakes in Sudden Valley, Birch Bay, and Ferndale.Those have been too small to feel, … Continue reading

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“Be Prepared” – In The Workplace

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The Northern California Loma Prieta earthquake happened at the end of the workday, but what if it had occurred right in the middle your 10:00 meeting in the conference room? Being prepared in the workplace is one of the three … Continue reading

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“Be Prepared” – In The School

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Is today the day an earthquake will occur while you or your kids are at school? All of us need to “Be Prepared”, at home, at school, in the workplace, while shopping, in houses of worship, or just taking a … Continue reading

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“Be Prepared” – In The Home

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Earthquakes can strike at any time. All of us need to “Be Prepared”, at home, at school, in the workplace, while shopping, in houses of worship, or just taking a walk in the park. Being prepared at home is the … Continue reading

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“Be Prepared” – Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake Awareness Day January 26th

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Thursday January 26th, 2017 is the 317th anniversary of the last Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake.  In recognition of this, and to increase earthquake awareness, City of Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville has proclaimed January 26th as “Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake Awareness Day” … Continue reading

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Volunteers Are Always Ready

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The storms that occurred in Whatcom County from Thursday October 13th through Sunday October 16th came in as a lion and left as a playful cat – and that was a gift that we all enjoyed.  The official flag was … Continue reading

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2nd Storm Of Week Has Arrived In Whatcom County

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The Songda Storm has arrived in Whatcom County with the onset of the peak winds is still set for 7:00 PM tonight, October 15, 2016.  There is no change in the revised predictions for higher winds for Whatcom County with gusts … Continue reading

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Potential For Significant Weather Through Sunday

The National Weather Service and Environment Canada models all show that Whatcom County will experience heavy rain and high winds over the next three days.  The total rainfall is projected to be at least a couple inches in the lowlands, and … Continue reading

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The First Storm Of The 2016/2017 Season Has Passed – Are You Ready For More?

Tstorminghis falls first High Wind Warning, as well as the first Gale Warning for our coastal waters have both passed without major impact.  It seems as though the coastal flooding of last winter, the last flood on the Nooksack, and the last snowfall are but distant memories after our summer.

But, it is time to get ready for “the season”.  During our Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center Flood and Winter Storm meeting this week, we learned from the experts, scientists and National Weather Service that we can expect a more “normal” winter – which means we may get more snow, rain and winds than the last couple years.

flooding-signLiving in Whatcom County we know that these storms come throughout the season and this first storm is a great time to take stock and make sure you are prepared at home, work and at school:

Do you have enough food to last for week or two?  Take a few minutes and check your house and see if your cupboards are bare.  At home we checked ours and it looks like we will be able to go for a couple weeks.

Do you have water or fluids available?  At work I keep five one gallon jugs of water under my desk.  I just made sure they are full.  At home we always keep a case or two of water from Costco around, and right now we have two full cases.

Does your kids school have its emergency plan ready?  While our kids are grown, we do know that all the Whatcom County schools have emergency plans, and we know, for example, that the Ferndale School District is having a major exercise in mid-October to make sure they are prepared.  If you have kids in school, stop in at the Principals Office and ask to see a copy of the plan.

truck-in-roadWhile the first storm of the season has passed, it will not be the last.  We will have wind storms, floods, and snow as part of our “normal winter”, so use this first one as the opportunity to check and make sure you are prepared.

And remember, be careful driving and watch for fallen trees, power lines and don’t drive through water that is over a road.

For more information, please contact your local emergency management office, or visit FEMA’s Ready Website (www.ready.gov) for valuable information and tips on getting prepared.

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