August 15, 2017
Nearly 100 people from across the county and state attended a seminar presented by the JCDEM to address the needs of vulnerable populations during all phases of emergency operations – planning and preparation, response and recovery. Washington State law (RCW) now requires caregiver service providers to design specific plans, in cooperation with local emergency management and community advocacy groups, to safeguard...
August 10, 2017
Area emergency responders and the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (JCDEM) joined the United States Navy, a Disaster Airlift Response Team (DART) and organized neighborhood groups in an exercise on and around Naval Magazine Indian Island on August 9. The exercise simulated the aftermath of a large earthquake...
August 9, 2017
This September, National Preparedness Month will focus on planning, with an overarching theme "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."
The goal this year is increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses, school and places of worship.
August 1, 2017
How supplies would get to shore in a disaster
King 5 News Report
Lynn Sterbenz, the Director of the Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management, was one of 25 emergency managers invited to a close up observation of a military exercise to demonstrate its ability to respond to coastal counties in the event of a Cascadia Subduction earthquake and tsunami. During the exercise Sterbenz flew in a CH-47 chinook helicopter from Fort Lewis to Grays Harbor where she watched as the USS Anchorage and its crew transported supplies and heavy equipment using landing craft from the ship to shore.
Sterbenz and the group then re-boarded the helicopter and toured the USS Anchorage, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock that can carry up to 800 marines, vehicles and supplies.
June 28, 2017
In The News...
A team of North Olympic Peninsula pilots plan to take to the skies when a catastrophic 9.0 earthquake rocks Western Washington.
Researchers have said it’s not a question of if but when a quake of at least 9.0 magnitude will strike in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault that stretches from... Read full article at the Peninsula Daily News
June 8, 2017
Planning for the Special Needs of Vulnerable Populations During Disasters
August 14, 2017 – 8:30 am-12:30 pm – Fort Worden Commons
The Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management is presenting a panel of experts to help organizations who serve vulnerable populations understand the challenges, state laws, and lessons learned from those who have lived through catastrophic events.
Who should attend:
Long-term care facilities, group homes, visiting nurses associations, community health centers, nonprofits, social service agencies, emergency management, first responders, public safety, public health, health-care communities and anyone else with an interest in learning more about this issue.
Registration is required
Register by email with Deb Reithmer firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 344-9728. She will need your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address.
June 7, 2017
FEMA reports Lessons Learned From Cascadia Rising
A press release from FEMA recognizes the valuable lessons learned from the 2016 excercise that we participated in. Read more at the FEMA website
June 6, 2017
Latest Fire and Heat Season Weather Outlook
A 14-min briefing on the latest fire and heat season outlook for the area from Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service - Seattle/Tacoma. Watch it here.