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Recreational Fire Requirements within the City of Bellingham

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There have been some questions recently about burn bans in the City limits of Bellingham. Nothing has changed; recreational fires are still allowed as long as they meet the Bellingham Fire Department requirements found here: https://www.cob.org/documents/fire/safety/recreational-burning-requirements.pdf All other outdoor burning … Continue reading

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Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office By Washington State and FEMA

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The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management was presented a Certificate of Appreciation July 31st, 2019 for the support provided to the State of Washington and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Joint Field Office Recovery Operations in … Continue reading

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ShakeAlert® System Activation For Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District

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On July 22, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District activated a pilot-scale earthquake early warning system, known as ShakeAlert®, at one of its water reservoirs. With its activation, the District is among the first utilities in Washington State to implement … Continue reading

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“Be Prepared” – Earthquake Preparedness Resources

The small 4.6 earthquake Friday morning (July 12) in Snohomish County is a gentle reminder that we live in earthquake country – Since June 14th, we had 9 earthquakes in Sudden Valley, Friday Harbor, Sedro-Woolley, Big Lake, Warm Beach, and … Continue reading

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May is Volcano Preparedness Month!

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How can you prepare for a volcanic eruption? The active Cascade volcanoes, including our own Mount Baker, that make our state so beautiful could erupt sometime in the future. How can you prepare for a volcanic eruption? How will you react … Continue reading

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Living With Our Active Volcano Public Seminars

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Register Here For The Mount Baker Volcano Seminar While there has been much attention on Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano these last few weeks, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management has been working with Federal, State, Local and International agencies … Continue reading

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Joint Wide Area Search Training For Whatcom County Search & Rescue and Community Emergency Response Teams Held

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On March 9 through 11, thirty-nine volunteer responders from Whatcom County CERT and Whatcom County Search & Rescue Council completed 24 hours of training in Wide Area Search (PER-213). This training was hosted at the Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center … Continue reading

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“Night With The Sheriff” – Sheriff Elfo Meets With Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteers

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Sheriff Bill Elfo recognized Greg Hope as volunteer of the year for his work managing the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and he met with over 80 CERT volunteers in the form of a “town hall … Continue reading

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U.S.-Canada to Test Cross-border Communication for Disaster Response Here In Whatcom County

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Canada Department of National Defence’s Centre for Security Science will conduct the fifth Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE V) from Nov. 15 to 16, 2017. In this … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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