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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Minor Earthquake in Sudden Valley Is A Valuable Reminder

Last night, at approximately 11:50 PM a magnitude 3.2 earthquake occurred near Lake Whatcom and the Sudden Valley area.  While there has been no reported damage from this earthquake, it serves as a good reminder to the community that Whatcom … Continue reading

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Burn Restrictions Reduced Starting 12:00 PM 09-02-2016

Whatcom County Fire Marshall’s Office Press Release Outdoor burning restrictions will be reduced starting at_12:00 PM_the_2nd__day of _September__, by order of Whatcom County Deputy Fire Marshal Wain Harrison.  This modification of the burning restrictions will allow for recreational fires again.  … Continue reading

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Whatcom County’s Cascadia Rising Exercise After Action Report Now Available

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On June 7th and 8th of this year, Whatcom County participated in a multi-state disaster drill called Cascadia Rising. The After Action Report of the exercise can be found here. If updates to the After Action Report are necessary, they … Continue reading

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Full Burn Ban In Effect for Whatcom County Beginning 12:00 PM 8/18

WHATCOM COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE Dry conditions and increased fire danger will call for further burn restrictions. Whatcom County – Due to increasingly dry weather conditions, and the issuance of both a Fire Weather Watch and Red Flag … Continue reading

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Total Burn Ban In Effect for Lummi Island

Total Burn Ban In Effect for Lummi Island An outdoor burn ban is in effect beginning Tuesday, Aug. 16 as ordered by the Lummi Island Fire Department (Whatcom County Fire District 11), and will run at least until Sept. 29. … Continue reading

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Whatcom County Burn Restrictions Begins 0800 Tuesday July 26

WHATCOM COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE Dry conditions and summer weather will call for burn restrictions.   Whatcom County – Due to the warm weather conditions ahead and low fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office will … Continue reading

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