Coronavirus 2019 Outbreak | Sit Rep 4 | March 3 , 2020

SIT REP – 4

MARCH 3, 2020 | TUESDAY

We appreciate you reading this post and joining in the fight against this virus and its spread by educating yourself. We wish all of you safety out there, no matter where you visit or stay. – Ed.

UNITED STATES

There are a total of 60 cases with 12 states reporting in. Six deaths have been reported according to the CDC, as of March 3, 2020.

WASHINGTON STATE

7 New Cases

  • LifeCare employee, female, 40’s. Never hospitalized, recovering at home.
  • Family member of confirmed case, female, 60’s, never hospitalized.
  • LifeCare frequent visitor, male, 70’s, unknown condition.
  • Male, 20’s, unknown exposure.  At Swedish Issaquah.
  • Second male, 20’s, unknown exposure. At same hospital.
  • LifeCare resident, female, 80’s, never hospitalized. Died on 2/26/2020.
  • LifeCare resident, male, 50’s, Died on 2/26/2020 in Harborview Medical Center, Seattle.

There are 14 current confirmed cases in Washington State.

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Photo Credit | Seattle FD

KING COUNTY

The Seattle – King County Public Health has confirmed there has been seven (7) new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, making the total in Washington to 21 infected individuals.  Of these total cases, eight (8) have died.  One person was reported as ill but has since died.

If you believe you have been exposed to a confirmed virus case, call 206-477-3977 from 8am – 7pm PST  This is the King County has a Novel Coronavirus Call Center.

If you are Healthcare Provider, call the King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center.

Call 9-1-1- if, you are having a medical emergency only. Do not go to the ER.  The ER is for most critical needs.

Call Your Healthcare Provider if, you have a cough, fever, other respiratory problems. Do not go to the ER.

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/3/2020 – 2111 PST

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus 2019 Outbreak | Sit Rep 3 | March 2 , 2020

SIT REP – 3

MARCH 2, 2020 | MONDAY

We appreciate you reading this post and joining in the fight against this virus and its spread by educating yourself. We wish all of you safety out there, no matter where you visit or stay. – Ed.

GLOBALLY

New Cases – Last 24 hours

Armenia, Czechia, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Iceland and Indonesia.

Total Confirmed Cases

88,948 confirmed cases with 1,804 new confirmed cases reported.  Outside of China, there are 8,774 confirmed total cases, with 1,598 new confirmations in the last 24 hours in 64 countries.  Of those countries, six new ones are reporting in in the last 24 hours.  128 deaths have been reported totally with 24 new ones since yesterday.

WASHINGTON STATE

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Photo Credit | Seattle FD

King County

The King County Department of Public Health states as of March 2, 2020 at 1736 hours PST there have been five (5) confirmed deaths have died.

Novel coronavirus fact sheet

Four additional confirmed cases have been reported in King County, Washington. The total confirmed cases are now 14.

First notable response actions is purchasing a motel, setting up modular housing units on publicly-owned parking lots and on other available land(s).

“We have moved to a new stage in the fight to contain and mitigate this outbreak. King County is aligned and organized behind this common mission, with Public Health – Seattle & King County as our lead agency,” said Executive Constantine. “We will direct all available resources to help cities, health-care facilities, businesses, and families continue life as normally as possible. But our best strategies depend on millions of residents actively following established disease prevention guidelines.”

Kirkland

25 Kirkland and seven firefighters, along with two Kirkland Police Officers were quarantined as of February 29, 2020. This was due to an exposure at the long-term REHAB and nursing facility.

Seattle

Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, the first step is to contact your primary physician via telephone. Avoid calling 911 unless faced with a life-threatening emergency. – Fire Departments

RESOURCES

AMA

For Doctors

https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-19-2019-novel-coronavirus-resource-center-physicians?utm_source=fbpage&utm_medium=social_ama&utm_term=3166739072&utm_campaign=Public+Health

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stopping the Spread

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, the Public Health Department reminds you there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Don’t go to the ER unless life-threatening.

Sources |  CDC Seattle, Seattle – King County Public Health, Fire Departments.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/2/2020 – 2105 hours PST

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus 2019 Outbreak | Sit Rep 2 | March 1, 2020

SIT REP – 2

MARCH 1, 2020 | SUNDAY

Information in this post is from verified sources.  Please see the bottom of this post for great organizations and agencies for ways you can protect yourself and your family, communities, businesses, etc. and resources to help you during this global event. 

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Photo Credit | Jefferson County (WA) Public Health

We appreciate you reading this post and joining in the fight against this virus and its spread by educating yourself. We wish all of you safety out there, no matter where you visit or stay. – Ed.

COVID19 NEWS

GLOBALLY

New Cases – Last 24 hours

Azerbaan, Ecuador, Ireland, Monaco and Qatar all report in with their first new confirmed cases.

Total Confirmed Cases

There are currently, 87,137 confirmed cases. 1,739 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Outside of China, 7,169 confirmed cases with 1,160 newly reported. 58 countries are impacted with 5 new ones reporting in. 104 deaths with 18 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

CHINA

New Increases After Steady Decline

After a drop in new cases in China, there has been a shift and now after two consecutive days, there is another increase and the WHO organization is watching and investigating what is causing the surge.

WASHINGTON STATE

Presumptive Positives

Week of February 23, 2020, the CDC announces community to Washington, Oregon and two locations in California have occurred, with one healthcare worker with a presumptive positive.

State Level

Governor’s Office

Declares a State of Emergency.

WA Department of Health

Call Center created for Questions and Answers, report unwellness or symptoms. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

King County

North Bend 

The Fire Training Center in North Bend was removed from the Quarantine Site list as a potential site is no longer needed.  Current academy firefighters have returned to their quarters as previously occupied.  https://northbendwa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=972 – City of North Bend.

Kirkland

25 Kirkland Firefighters and 2 Kirkland Police Officers are placed in 14-day quarantine along with the closure of Fire Station 15, as being overly cautions.

Lake WA School District 

“In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.

LWSD has activated our Emergency Operations Center. This team of LWSD staff is actively working to coordinate information, communications, and operations to ensure that we are being intentional about how best to prepare for and respond to the needs of our students and staff. As part of this activation, we have been in contact with EvergreenHealth, emergency management departments from our three cities, and the Department of Public Health for Seattle & King County to provide the most current and factual information.

We know that many of you are wondering about school closures. At this time, we are planning to open schools as usual on Monday. We will update families should this decision change based on guidance from the Department of Public Health.

Here are the ways we can work together to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading in our schools:

  • Keep students home if they are sick. We have prepared general guidance for our families and staff on when to keep students home from school. It is available here: https://www.lwsd.org/programs-and-ser…/…/too-sick-for-school.
  • Students who meet these criteria while at school will be isolated and sent home.
  • Symptoms that a child is too sick for school:
  • Fever: temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • Child must not have a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
    Vomiting: child should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting.
  • Chronic cough and/or runny nose: continual coughing and excessive nasal discharge.
  • Conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your health care provider.
  • Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
  • Sore throat: especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
  • Rash: body rash, especially with fever or itching.
  • Ear infection: with fever.
  • Ear infection: without fever. Student can attend school, but the child may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • Eye infection: Eye infection: pink eye (conjunctivitis) or thick mucus or pus draining from eye.
  • Unusual appearance, behavior: abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.

Wash hands frequently. Staff will work with all our students when they return to school on Monday to remind them of good hand washing procedures.
Avoid hand to face contact, avoiding eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
In addition, custodians will continue with regular cleaning with an emphasis on touchpoints at all buildings and schools.

We will continue to follow the guidance provided to us by the Department of Public Health for Seattle & King County and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), should a case occur in one of our schools.

Coronavirus is not specific to any race, nationality, or ethnicity. We want to ensure that students and staff do not experience harassment or stigmatization as a result of concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Please report any concerns about harmful behaviors to a teacher, counselor or school administrator. You can find additional resources for responding to stigma at: kingcounty.gov/ncov/anti-stigma.

We will provide more frequent updates to families as we have updates or additional information to share. You can find these resources on our website: https://www.lwsd.org/…/health-servi…/coronavirus-information.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to use our Let’s Talk button on the front page of our website and select “Coronavirus” as the interest area.

We know this is an uneasy time for our communities, and we appreciate your cooperation as we work together to keep kids and adults healthy.

Sincerely | Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent – Lake Washington School District” – Lake WA SD Website and emailed to parents on 2/29/2020 around 2030 hours PST

Seattle

Seattle – King County Public Health releases statement today, two more confirmed cases bringing total to six.

  • Female, 50’s, traveled to South Korea. Recovering at home. Confirmed case reported.
  • Female, 70’s resident of LifeCare in Kirkland.  At Evergreen Hospital. Case reported.
  • Female, 40’s, Lifecare Employee, hospitalized at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. Case reported.
  • Male, 50’s, was hospitalized has died at Evergreen Hospital. Reported case and first death.
  • Male, 60’s hospitalized at Valley Medical Center in Renton. Has underlying health conditions, in critical but stable condition. New confirmed case reported.
  • Male, 60’s in Virginia Medical Center (hospital). Has underlying medical conditions. Is in critical condition.

Redmond

  • Out of an abundance of caution, 7 of our medics have been quarantined due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Redmond Fire Dept is fully staffed & responding to calls as normal. We are monitoring the situation alongside KC Public Health.

Renton 

  • Hazen High School will be closed on Monday, March 2, 2020 for cleaning after a student and a parent are experiencing flu-like symptoms and tested on Saturday for the virus. They are self-quarantined at home, while awaiting the test results.

Emergency Services

“We along with other fire agencies in King County continue to collaborate closely with Public Health, King County Emergency Medical Services and our Medical Director Dr. Michael Sayre to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. We are taking appropriate safety measures to protect our personnel while continuing to respond to medical emergencies.

Members of the public who think they may have contracted the virus and are in stable condition should consult with their primary physician via telephone, instead of calling 911 (unless symptoms are more serious).”

Read more about preparation efforts by King County fire agencies: https://www.kingcountyfirechiefs.org/king-county-fire-agen…/ – King County (WA) Fire Chiefs

Snohomish County

Current Status

  • 1 new case as of 3/1/2020. Male student, pending results.
  • Previous case in January was a Bothell High School student. Results were negative.

Snohomish Health District

“The Snohomish Health District is aware of the preliminary findings released by the Seattle Flu Study, suggesting that coronavirus has been spreading for close to six weeks. We are still evaluating the findings with our state and local partners and coordinating on next steps.

It’s important to remember that national testing capabilities have only been available for about six weeks. Here in Washington, we’ve only had the ability to test locally for a few days. It is definitely possible that COVID-19 has been circulating, with people experiencing mild symptoms just like the flu.”

STATE OF OREGON

Current Status

  • 1 new confirmed case on March 1, 2020
  • 3 tested negative for the virus
  • Total tested 4, 7 are pending results
  • 88 are currently being monitored as of 2/28/2020
  • 229 have completed monitoring without symptoms
  • 8 are under investigation with 2 have been completed w/o symptoms. Total 10 have been investigated.

CALIFORNIA

Fairview Development Center

“Today, the federal government informed the state that it has determined it does not need to use the Fairview Development Center site for the isolation of passengers from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship given the imminent end of the isolation for those passengers and the small number of persons who ended up testing positive for COVID-19.”

Tulare County, California

No Confirmed Cases

“There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tulare County at this time, and immediate health risk to Tulare County residents is low,” states Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught. “COVID-19 is considered an emerging disease, and there is more to learn about it; however, like influenza, it is a respiratory disease, and there are measures community members can all take to prevent illness.” – Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency

Santa Clara County

Current Status

  • Total 7 confirmed cases including 3 new reported today alone.  One is an adult female with an unknown age and the last two are a couple who traveled to Egypt, Patients #5 and #6 had underlying medical conditions.

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Test Kits

NEW YORK

Current Status

  • 1 confirmed case as of 3/1/2020. Female patient contracted virus when visited Iran. Has respiratory issues but not in serious condition. Has been in a controlled situation since arriving to the State. In her late 30’s.

Emergency Legislature

“Last week I called for the Legislature to pass a $40 million emergency management authorization to confront this evolving situation — I look forward to its swift passage.

“There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.” – NY Governor Cuomo

RESOURCES

AMA

For Doctors

https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-19-2019-novel-coronavirus-resource-center-physicians?utm_source=fbpage&utm_medium=social_ama&utm_term=3166739072&utm_campaign=Public+Health

IAFF

Monitoring

Continues to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, WHO and OSHA.   See updates on their website:  https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR36kCu8_vG8lLVF18hHeHIkBXHYZ6Eb4KI0kTPAZY7jqVZvco8MklfeDoQ

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stopping the Spread

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, the Public Health Department reminds you there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Don’t go to the ER unless life-threatening.

CONFIRMED CASES BY THE NUMBER

Globally

Some on Social Media including a few unnamed U.S. governmental officials are calling this deadly virus a hoax and that it is just going to go away.

Unfortunately, here area the hardest hit Countries reporting into the CDC the numbers of confirmed and new cases; total number of and new deaths in the last 24 hours and can rest assure this is not a joke by a longshot.

We are reporting data of 25 or more confirmed cases due to the high volume of data being recorded.  You will find the number from the highest to the lowest to get the reality of the spread, the impacts and the deaths recorded.

China

142,823 confirmed cases.

Republic of Korea

3,736 total confirmed cases. 586 new in the last 24 hours. 18 total deaths. 1 in the last 24 hours. Local transmission.

Italy

1,128 total confirmed cases. 240 new cases in the last 24 hours. 29 deaths. 8 in the last 24 hours. Local transmissions.

Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

705 total confirmed cases. 0 new cases in the last 4 days. 6 total deaths. 0 in the last 24 hours.

Iran

593 total confirmed cases. 205 new in the last 24 hours. 43 total deaths. 9 in the last 24 hours. Local transmission.

Japan

239 total confirmed cases. 9 new ones in the last 24 hours. 5 total deaths, 0 in the last 24 hours.

Singapore

102 total confirmed cases. 4 new in the last 24 hours. 0 deaths. Local transmission.

France

100 total confirmed cases. 43 new in the last 24 hours. 29 total deaths. 8 in the last 24 hours. Local transmission.

German

57 total confirmed cases. 0 new in last 24 hours. 0 deaths.

Kuwait

45 total confirmed cases. 13 New in last 24 hours.  0 deaths. Local transmissions.

Spain

45 total confirmed cases. 0 deaths. Imported cases only.

Tailand

42 total confirmed cases. 0 new cases. 0 deaths. Local transmission.

Bahrain

40 total confirmed cases. 2 new cases. 0 deaths reported. Imported cases.

Australia

25 total confirmed cases.  1 in the last 24 hours. No deaths.

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Photo Credit | Snohomish County Health District

SOURCES

While we try to research each source, resource and its information, it may change from each update as this is a rapidly evolving topic and updates are released from many locations. – Ed.

Sources |  CDC, Seattle – King County Public Health, WA State Department of Health, Governor Jay Inslee, WA Emergency Management,  Oregon Health Authority, California Department of Public Health, OSHA, IAFF, City of Kirkland, City of North Bend, State of California and State of New York.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 3/20/2020 – 1915 hours PST

 

 

 

 

Update 2 | February 7, 2020 | Washington State

Thank you for following our Blog posts about adverse weather conditions in Washington State. All information is gleaned from verified sources from government, fire departments, law enforcement, emergency management and other public information.

We will try to list the source where the information is bein received from in a Sit Rep format gleaned from all Social Media channels being broadcasted from.

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Weather Fact |Our soggy weather has been sent with a red bow on top all the way from the tropical (U.S.) State of Hawaii.  – Source:  NWS Seattle

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KING COUNTY

AUBURN

Road Closures

SE Lake Holm Road between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST

BLACK DIAMOND

Road Closures

Enumclaw Franklin Rd SE between Franklin Ridge gravel pit and SE Green River Gorge Road | Damaged roadway | 2/7/2020 1205 PST

Turn around

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 20827 SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd. Open 24/7.  Empty sandbags and sand provided by County. Self-service. Max 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

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Water Facts | 6″ of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars – Weather Alert

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CARNATION

Road Closures

310th Ave NE between NE Carnation Farms Rd and SR 203 (including NE 60th St) | Water over roadway | 2-7 1355 PST

NE 100th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd | Water over roadway | 2-6 1024 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 x NE Tolt Hill Rd | Water over roadway | 2-1745 PST

NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE | Water over roadway | 2-6 0838 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Carnation Public Works | 33100 NE 45th St.  | Hours:  Weekdays from 0800 – 1630 PST.  Empty bags and sand provided.

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Water Fact | A foot of water will float most vehicles. – Weather Alert

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BELLEVUE

Road Closures

EB lanes on Coal Creek Pkwy from 124th Ave SE to Factoria Blvd | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST | Source & Photo Credit:  City of Bellevue Transportation

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SE Newport Way from SE 42nd Pl to 133rd Ave SE | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

Intersection of 134th Ave SE x SE 42nd St | Downed trees on power lines | 2-7 2309 PST

SB Coal Creek Parkway. Both lanes. | Downed tree and power lines over roadway | 2-7 2037 PST

Open Roadways

SE 7th Place, east of Lake Hills Connector | OPEN | was closed 2-5 due to flooding | 2-7 0630 PST

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Photo Credit: City of Bellevue Transportation Department (E of the Lake Hills Connector on 2/5/2020)

DUVALL

Flooding Images

The rising of the river is being captured by many photographers as records are being broken all over the State.  Here is a video clip showing extreme flooding. | Video Credit:  City of Duvall

SR 410 X MP 38

(BETWEEN ENUMCLAW & GREENWATER)

Road Closures

A major landslide shutdown this busy thoroughfare. | Photo Credit: WSP Sgt. Zimmerman & Courtesy of  WSP Trooper / PIO Rick Johnson

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FALL CITY

Road Closures

SE David Powell  Rd x Preston Fall City Rd SE  | Landslide | 2-7 0015 PST

316th Av SE x SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE | Water over the roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

SE 308th St  between SR 202 x SE 31st St | Water over roadway | 2-6 1115 PST

Neal Road SE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0338 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 33719 SE 44th Place | Open 24/7.  Empty bags and sand provided by County. Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

Water Fact | 2 Feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and Trucks. – Weather Alert

MAPLE VALLEY

Road Closures

Dorre Don Way SE x 230th Ave SE | Water over raodway | 2-7 1315 PST

Maxwell Rd SE between SE Lake Francis and 220th Ave SE | Erosion of roadway | 2-7 1117 PST

Lower Dorre Don Way SE between Upper Dorre Don Way SE to Dorre Don Way SE (the loop) | 2-7 0620 PST

NORTH BEND

Road Closures

Cedar Falls Rd SE x SE 177th St | Water over roadway | 2-7-2020 1050 PST

428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd | 2/6/2020 1215 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of North Bend City Hall | 920 SE Cedar Falls Way.  | Hours: Monday-Thursday 0830 – 1600 PST, Friday 0830 – 1200 PST.  | Empty sandbags and sand provided by City.  Self-service.  Shovels available. Check in City Hall before bagging.  Bags available after hours when the EOC is open due to flooding.

PACIFIC

Road Closures

W Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd x 3rd Ave SW | Water over roadway | 2-6 1600 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Pacific | 130 3rd Ave SE. (Across from Police Station) | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand available.  Self-service. 25 max bags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

PALMER

Road  Closures

SE 309th St between 335 Ave SE to W to end of road | Landslide | 2-7 1852 PST

REDMOND

Road Closures

NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE x SR 203 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0930 PST

204th Pl NE between NE 67th St x SR 202 | Water over roadway | 2-6 0845 PST

Park / Trail Closures

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Photo Credit | City of Redmond

Sammamish River Trail at Leary Way | Standing water

Farrel-McWhirter Park | some interior trails closed

Redmond West Wetlands

Bear Creek Trail between Redmond Way and Avondale way

Evan’s Creek Trail from Perrigo Park South to the raised boardwalk area | Water over boardwalk

Bear Creek Bridge on the Puget Sound Energy Trail

Water Safety

The rain is continuing to fall and we want to remind you to avoid driving, walking or riding through standing water. | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Redmond Image

Turnaround, Don’t Drown

The Redmond Police Department would like to remind drivers to never drive around any road closure signs present on flooded roadways.  | Photo Credit:  RPD. Photo taken on February 5th of NE 95th St, east of Willows Road.

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Landslide Awareness

Fact Sheet: Recognize Landslide Warning Signs

Release date:
October 17, 2017
Release Number:
R2 DR 4339-PR FS 009
  • Changes in your landscape such as patterns of storm-water drainage on slopes (especially the places where runoff water converges) land movement, small slides, flows, or progressively leaning trees.
  • Doors or windows stick or jam for the first time.
  • New cracks appear in plaster, tile, brick, or foundations.
  • Outside walls, walks, or stairs begin pulling away from the building.
  • Slowly developing, widening cracks appear on the ground or on paved areas such as streets or driveways.
  • Underground utility lines break.
  • Bulging ground appears at the base of a slope.
  • Water breaks through the ground surface in new locations.
  • Fences, retaining walls, utility poles, or trees tilt or move.
  • A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume is noticeable as the landslide nears.
  • Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, might indicate moving debris.
  • Collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flow can be seen when driving (embankments along roadsides are particularly susceptible to landslides).

After the Landslide

  • Go to a designated public shelter if you have been told to evacuate or you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home.
  • Stay away from the slide area. There may be danger of additional slides.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for the latest emergency information.
  • Watch for flooding, which may occur after a landslide or debris flow.
  • Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide, without entering the direct slide area. Direct rescuers to their locations.
  • Check the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damage. Damage to foundations, chimneys, or surrounding land may help you assess the safety of the area.

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/17/4339/fact-sheet-recognize-landslide-warning-signs   | Source & Photo Credit:  FEMA via City of Redmond / Photo Courtesy

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RENTON

Road Closures

SE Jones Rd between #18631 x SR 169 | Landslide | 2-6 2024 PST

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Landslides in Fire / Disaster Images

(L) This photo was taken on February 5, 2020, of a landslide on the WB side of Maple Valley Hwy and across 1.5 lanes.  It would take fire crews and mutual approximately 3-4 hours to remove it.  Mud and debris impacted drivers on the highway and forcing officials to close it protecting the motoring public.  | Photo Credit:  Renton Fire / RFA PIO

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 155 Monroe Ave NE | Open 24/7. Empty sandbags and sand provided. Self-service. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

SEATLLE

Sandbag Distribution Centers

Delridge Community Center | 4501 Delridge Way SW, 98106. | Filled sandbags. Self-service. 25 max per household or business.

Helene Madison Pool | 13401 Meridian N, 98133 | Same messaging.

South Park Neighborhood | 731 S Sullivan, 98108 | Same messaging.

Meadowbrook Community Center | 10517 35th Ave NE, 98125 | Same messaging.

SKYKOMISH

Sandbag Distribution Center

King County Roads Facility | 74212 Old Cascade Hwy | Open 24/7 | Self-servce. 25 max per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.

SNOQUALMIE

Road Closures

SE Reinig Rd from the City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Dr SE | 2-6 1115 PST

W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE at NE 124 | 2-7 2110 PST

Traffic camera: West Snoqualmie Valley Road NE at NE 124th St

Photo Credit | KC DOT

Restricted Roadways

356th Dr SE, N of #4030 | 1 lane closed due to road failure. 1 lane open and alternating traffic. Expet long delays. | 2-6 2142 PST

Sandbag Distribution Center

City of Snoqualmie. | 38190 SE Mill Pond Rd. | Weekdays from 0700 – 1500 PST  | Must call Public Works at 425-831-4919 for an apoointment to pick-up sand and bags. During flooding, call the EOC at 425-888-5911 for sandbags.

SNOQUALMIE PASS

Road Closures

Weather Forecast – Snow

Reports of up to 14″ of new snow on the Pass from 2300 hours on Thursday and Friday were reported by law enforcement. Chain enforcement was scheduled at 1600 hours to midnight on eastbound on I-90 over the pass.  | Source:  WSP PIO / Trooper Rick Johnson

SNOQUALMIE FALLS

Flooding Impacts

The Falls are yet again overflowing at a high rate of speed and splash.  This image shows the magnitude of flooding we are experiencing and showing us its dangers of the rate of speed and splash.   | Source / Photo Credit:  City of Snoqualmie

CASCADES

Weather Forecast – Snow

This also includes Snoqualmie Pass.  Snow levels are expected to drop by early Saturday morning. 12-18″ expected are possible. | Source & Photo Credit:  NWS Seattle

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PIERCE COUNTY

PUYALLUP

Road Closures

PUYALLUP RIVER | Roads, Surface Water and Emergency Management crews and personnel were busy with damage assessments from flooding in various areas.  This was conducted across the whole County.  Currently, there are on-going repairs in progress on the the Puyallup River Levy above Orting within two hours after the discovery of the damage.

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One of Pierce County’s Executives, Bruce Dammeier was out with crews for the full day observing damage assessments and excellent / tireless efforts by crews to fix roadways and other major maintenance. | Photo Credit:  Pierce Co. Government. Source:  PC Exec Bruce Dammeier.

EAST PIERCE COUNTY

Damage Assessments

SR 162  | Images show extensive impacts on SR 162.  Photo taken on Thursday, February 6, 2020.  | Source / Photo Credit:  East Pierce Firefighters, IAFF Local 3520

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RESOURCES

Road Service Helpline

KING COUNTY | 206-477-8100, 800-527-627 | King County Road Services Helpline – 24/7 .  Website:  https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/roads/24×7-helpline.aspx  Sign-up for road alerts at https://kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services/roads/road-alert.aspx

Life-Threatening Medical / Fire Hazard or Criminal Act in Progress/Occurred

9-1-1 | Emergencies only  for FIRE, EMS, POLICE.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Water Safety

As the rain continues, follow safe guidelines: do NOT walk or drive across flooded roads; gather emergency supplies and follow local updates; use flashlights instead of candles if you lose power. | Source:  King County Public Health

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THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA – EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

Issaquah Creek

Cars are submerged in flood waters in Issaquah as Issaquah Creek continues to rise up quickly. Current was reported as being very strong. ” | News Media on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 2 – 2/7/2020 2315 PST

 

 

 

Washington State Hit by Adverse Weather | 1

You think that the other Washington’s politics are bad.  Try living in our Washington State and dealing with one storm after another and there appears to be another one heading our way.

King County

As of 10pm, the following have been closed:

  • SE Jones Rd between #18631 and SR 169 (Renton area)
  •  Valley Hwy S between Ellingson Rd and 3rd Ave SW
  • 428th Ave SE between SE Reinig Rd and SE Ernies Grove Rd (North Bend)
  • West Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE between NE Novelty Hill Rd and NE 80th St
  • SE Reinig Rd from City of Snoqualmie limits to 396th Drive SE
  • 316th Ave SE and SE 28th St between SE 24th St and 321st Ave SE
  • SE 308th ST between SR 202 and SE 31st St
  • NE 100th ST between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and NE Carnation Farm Rd
  • NE 124th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and SR 203
  • 204th Pl NE between NE 67th St and SR 202
  • NE Tolt Hill Rd between SR 203 and W Snoqualmie River Rd NE
  • 312th Ave SE between 316th Pl NE and Upper Preton Rd SE
  • Neal Rd SE at SR 203
  • SE Lake Holm Rd between 130th Ave SE to Auburn Black Diamond Rd
  • Issaquah Hobart Rd SE between SE May Valley Rd and Issaquah City limits (SE 96th St)
  • W Snoqualmie River Rd SE between #1550 and NE Tolt Hill Rd
  • SE 24th St between 309th Ave SE and 316th Ave SE
  • SE Issauquah-Fall City Rd between SE Duthie Hill Rd and 274th Ave SE
  • NE 80th St between W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE and Ames Lake Carnation Rd NE
  • Dike Rd between Preston Fall City Rd to end of route
  • NE 165th between 179th Pl NE and Avondale Rd NE
  • SE Middle Fork Rd at mile marker 9.6
  • SE Fish Hatchery Rd between 361st Ave SE and 372nd Ave SE
  • SR 900 closed from NW Talus Dr to SE May Valley Road (Issaquah)

Carnation

Residents are being advised to stay alert to changing river and weather conditions. Be prepared to respond quickly.  (King County, WA)

Duvall

The City is reporting seeing a lot of traffic coming into their city limits to try to access northbound SR 203 but it is closed and cannot be accessed to reaching Monroe or Snohomish County.  (City of Duvall)

Issaquah

2/6/2020 – 1:00 pm – The Issaquah-Hobart Road at May Valley Road was closed due to a large landslide.  The King County Road crews were out in force with lots of personnel and large equipment trying to remove the rocks and debris blocking the culvert.  Some of the rocks were as large as basketballs! (KC Road Services)

Around the same time, water was running high underneath a bridge prompting multiple calls to Eastside Fire & Rescue personnel including a Rescue team to search an apartment complex for possible trapped residents and pets.

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11 residents were safely evacuated including several children and animals.  (Photo credit/source:  Eastside Fire & Rescue)

Renton

Free sandbags are available 24/7 at the King County Roads facility at 20827 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Renton.  There is a 25-bag limit per vehicle.

North Bend

Sand and sandbags were made available at 1:30pm until 5pm on Thursday, February 6th to North Bend residents.  You can pick up these at the Public Works facility on Friday, February 7th from 8am – noon, located at 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend. Bring your own shovel and truck. They will supply the sand and bags.

“Snoqualmie River is currently at Flood Phase 2, meaning that lowland flooding may occur. Currently, there are no roads closed in North Bend. The Park & Ride lot across from the Pour House is closed due to flooding.” (City of North Bend)

Rivers

The following Rivers at various flood stages:

Phase 4: Cedar River

Phase 3: Issaquah Creek, Green River, Tolt River

Phase 2: Snoqualmie River, White River

Resources

Flood Warning Center | 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263.  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/warning-system.aspx  Click on name of river for further information.

Sandbag distribution | https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/sandbag-distribution.aspx  (King County)

National Flood Insurance Program (FEMA) | 888-379-9531

King Conty Metro Alerts | 206-553-3000

American Red Cross (King/Kitsap Counties) | 206-323-2345

Additional flood related Important Contact Phone Numbers |  https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/phones.aspx

King County Office of Emergency Management | 206-296-3830

King County Stormwater services | 206-477-4811. After business hours, call 206-477-8100.

King County Solid Waste Division | 206-477-4466 or 800-325-6165.

King County Public Health (Seattle/King County) | 206-296-4600

Additional links, Important phone numbers | https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/flooding/phones.aspx

Updates

More updates will be coming as we are gleaning news, resources and alerts to bring to you throughout the day and evening.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 2/7/2020 00:50 PST

 

 

 

U.S. Wildland Fires | SitRep | Feb 25, 2016

FIRE SUMMARY

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 36 new large Wildfires were reported this week alone sparking no debate that the Fire Season has officially begun. Fires were reportedly primarily 5 States: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Florida.

Located in the Southern area, 315 new fires were reported.  Additionally, 30 new large incidents were reported along with 8 of them being not contained fires.  28 Fires were contained by U.S. Firefighters.

Approximately 34,688 combined acres have been scorched.  States are currently still reporting fire info even at the time of this post.

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Grand Bature Wildfire. Credit: USFWS

ACTIVE U.S. WILDFIRES

ARKANSAS

5 Mile

12 miles NE of Broken Arrow. Agency:  Ozark &  St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 6 Personnel.  3 Engines.  692 acres. 60% contained.  Timber and hardwood litter. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and flanking.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $200,000.

MISSISSIPPI

Grand Bature

Grand Bay Wildlife Refuge [Fish & Wildland Services], 4 East of Pascagoula.  12 Personnel.  1 Engine. 1 Helo.  4349 acres. 90% contained.  Tall grass, southern rough and timber.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  Structures threatened.  Trail closures in effect. Estimated Cost-to-Date $235,000.

OKLAHOMA

Big Bluestem  

10 miles W of Pawhuska. Osage Field Office [BIA].  10 Personnel.  3 Engines.  989 acres. 80% contained.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $11,000.

Buffalo

8 miles W of Buffalo.   Oklahoma DOF.  18,000 acres. 30% contained.  107 personnel. 40 Engines. Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting. Structures threatened.   Tall grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $50,000.

Fife  

3 miles W of Hanna.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  19 Personnel.  2 Crews.  3 Engines. 462 acres.  70% contained.  Tall grass, hardwood litter and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $10,000.

Gap  

30 miles SE of McAlester.  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  6 personnel. 900 acres.  75% contained.  Hardwood litter and short grass. Moderate fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $5,000.

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Grand Bature Fire. Credit: USFWS

Pawnee Cove

10 miles W of  Terlton.  Osage Agency [BIA].  128 Personnel. 50 Engines. 2500 acres.  20% contained.   Tall grass and hardwood litter.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs.  Numerous structures threatened.  Evacuations and road closures in effect. 50 Structures lost. Estimated Cost-to-Date $75,000.

Sand Creek

6 miles SW of Henryetta.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 18 Personnel.  9 Engines. 4950 acres.  15% contained.   Hardwood litter and tall grass.  Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting.  Numerous structures threatened. Estimated Cost-to-Date $25,000.

Southfork

7 miles NE of Clayton.  SE area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  12 Personnel.  5 Engines. 820 acres.  50% contained. Hardwood litter. Active fire behavior with running.  Estimated Cost-to-Date $20,000.

Tree Farm

8 miles W of Sapulpa.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  23 Personnel.  2 Crew. 3 Engines. 1126 acres.  40% contained. Hardwood litter. Minimal fire behavior. Structures threatened.  Estimated Cost-To-Date $5,000.

Grand Bature Fire. Credit: USFWS

Grand Bature Fire. Credit: USFWS

YEAR TO DATE STATS [from January 1st – February 19th]

  • 2016:  2395 Fires.  78,962 acres.
  • 2015:  2871 Fires.   26,847 acres.
  • 2014:  3095 Fires.   42,558 acres.
  • 2013:  1569 Fires.   10,961 acres.
  • 2012: 2889 Fires.   62,533 acres.
  • 2011:  2996 Fires.   52,391 acres.
  • 2010: 1407 Fires.   21,461 acres.

Since 2006 – 2015, the average of fires have been around 3900+ and scorching over 110,000 acres.

WEATHER FORECAST

A relatively progressive flow across the U.S. this week will provide an active weather pattern with a series of storms progressing from West to East.

This will include the northwest quarter of the Nation as well as northern California and the Great Basin. The exception will be across the southwest and Plains regions this weekend where dry weather will continue.

This prolonged dry period will transition on Sunday with showers and thunderstorms developing over the central and southern Plains.

Showers and thunderstorms will expand along a frontal boundary through the southeast and Mid-Atlantic by the middle of next week before spreading north along the east coast.

Late next week, a ridge of high pressure will attempt to strengthen along the Pacific coast with an overall drier and warmer pattern developing. [NIFC]

PREPAREDNESS LEVEL

Level 1.

 

[c] 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

 

 

 

National Fires | SitRep | Feb 23, 2016

According to the Natonal Interagency Fire Center, 36 new large Wildfires were reported this week alone sparking no debate that the Fire Season has officially begun. Fires were reportedly primarily 5 States: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Florida.

Firefighters were able to 28 of those fires this week.  Approximately 34,688 combined acres have been scorched.  States are currently still reporting fire info even at the time of this post.

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Grand Bature Wildfire. Credit: USFWS

U.S. WILDFIRES

ARKANSAS

  • 5 Mile:  12 miles NE of Broken Arrow. Agency:  Ozark &  St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 692 acres. 60% contained.
  • Big Point: Agency: Ozark & St. Francis NF [Forest Service]. 4122 acres. 100% contained.

FLORIDA

  • Wood Lake: National Forests in Florida [Forest Service].  1004 acres.  100% contained.
  • Norwalk: National Forests in Florida [Forest Service].  309 acres. 100% contained.

HAWAII

  • Puu Anahulu:  Hawaii County [County Fire].  300 acres. 100% contained.

KANSAS

  • 121st Road:  Cowley County [County Fire].  300 acres. 100% contained.

MISSISSIPPI

  • Grand Bature: Grand Bay Wildlife Refuge [Fish & Wildland Services], 4 East of Pascagoula. 4349 acres. 90% contained.
  • Ansley:  Forestry Commission [Private].  798 acres. 100% contained.
  • Lower Bay:  Forestry Commission [Private].  886 acres. 100% contained.
  • Ranch Road:  Forestry Commission [Private].  600 acres. 100% contained.

MISSOURI

  • Big Creek:  Mark Twain NF [Forest Service].  1178 acres. 100% contained.
  • High Hill: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service]. 231 acres. 100% contained.
  • Silo: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service]. 178 acres. 100% contained.
  • Merriam Cemetery: Mark Twain NF [Forest Service].  110 acres. 100% contained.

NEW MEXICO

  • Valentin Complex:  Captain District, State Forestry. 1083 acres. 100% contained.
  • Rumuda:  Mascatero Agency {BIA]. 619 acres. 100% contained.

OKLAHOMA

  • Big Bluestem:  10 miles W of Pawhuska. Osage Field Office [BIA].  989 acres. 80% contained.
  • Buffalo:  8 miles W of Buffalo.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 18,000 acres. 30% contained.
  • Fife:   3 miles W of Hanna.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  462 acres.  70% contained.
  • Gap:  30 miles SE of McAlester.  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  900 acres.  75% contained.
  • Pawnee Cove:  10 miles W of  Terlton.  Osage Agency [BIA].  2500 acres.  20% contained.
  • Sand Creek:   6 miles SW of Henryetta.  Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 4950 acres.  15% contained.
  • Southfork:   12 miles NE of Broken Bow. SE area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  820 acres.  50% contained.
  • Tree Farm:  8 miles W of Sapulpa.  Okmulgee Field Office [BIA].  1126 acres.  90% contained.
  • Coyote:  SE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  1000 acres.  100% contained.
  • Coyote [2]:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  350 acres.  100% contained.
  • Dead Mule:  EastCentral Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST]. 300 acres. 100% contained.
  • Dipping Vat:  East Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  275 acres. 100% contained.
  • Gilmore:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  300 acres.  100% contained.
  • Jackson:  Dept. of Forestry [ST].  746 acres. 100% contained.
  • Miner:  NE Area, Dept of Forestry [ST].  400 acres.  100 contained.
  • Monster:  NE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  500 acres. 100 contained.
  • No Way:  Eastern Area Oklahoma [BIA]. 326 acres. 100% contained.
  • Pear Grove:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  116 acres. 100% contained
  • Quinton:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  1070 acres. 100% contained.
  • Rock Pit:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  260 acres.  100% contained.
  • Suicide Hill:  Eastern Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  540 acres.  100% contained.
  • Teresita:  NE Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  350 acres.  100% contained.
  • Tucker Knob:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  200 acres.  100% contained.
  • Weber Mountain:  E Central Area, Dept. of Forestry [ST].  300 acres.  100% contained.

TEXAS

  • Carol Ranch:  TX Forest Service [PR1]. 2125 acres. 100% contained
  • CR440:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  866 acres. 100% contained.
  • Crossfire:  TX Forest Service [ST]. 327 acres.  100% contained.
  • Estate:  TX Forest Service [ST]. 1000 acres. 100% contained.
  • FM998:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  3987 acres.  100% contained.
  • Jim Ned Road:  TX Forest Service [PR1].  300 acres. 100% contained.
  • Powerline:  Big Bend Natl Park [NPS].  1790 acres. 100% contained.
  • Watts:  TX Forest Service [FS].  1306 acres.  100% contained.

YEAR TO DATE STATS [from January 1st – February 19th]

  • 2016:  2395 Fires.  78,962 acres.
  • 2015:  2871 Fires.   26,847 acres.
  • 2014:  3095 Fires.   42,558 acres.
  • 2013:  1569 Fires.   10,961 acres.
  • 2012: 2889 Fires.   62,533 acres.
  • 2011:  2996 Fires.   52,391 acres.
  • 2010: 1407 Fires.   21,461 acres.

Since 2006 – 2015, the average of fires have been around 3900+ and scorching over 110,000 acres.

WEATHER FORECAST

A relatively progressive flow across the U.S. this week will provide an active weather pattern with a series of storms progressing from West to East. This will include the northwest quarter of the Nation as well as northern California and the Great Basin. The exception will be across the southwest and Plains regions this weekend where dry weather will continue. This prolonged dry period will transition on Sunday with showers and thunderstorms developing over the central and southern Plains. Showers and thunderstorms will expand along a frontal boundary through the southeast and Mid-Atlantic by the middle of next week before spreading north along the east coast. Late next week, a ridge of high pressure will attempt to strengthen along the Pacific coast with an overall drier and warmer pattern developing. [NIFC]

PREPAREDNESS LEVEL

We are currently at a Level 1.

[c] 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

 

 

 

CHILE QUAKE PROMPTS TSUNAMI COASTAL ALERTS | UPDATE 1

QUAKE SUMMARY

Around 1354 PDT, a M8.3 Earthquake shook Chile with enough force that emergency tsunami warnings began being sounded to neighboring Countries, including the United States coastal communities.

The earthquake is said to be 8 miles deep and located at coordinates 31.6 South, 71.8 West along the Coast near Central Chile.

TSUNAMI WARNINGS

Alert to West Coasts @ 1601PDT 9/16/15

Public Tsunami Info Statement #1 broadcasted by the NWS located in Palmer AK for AK/ BC/ WA /OR and CA.

  • M7.9 earthquake
  • Occurred 1554 PDT or 3:54pm West Coast Time
  • Coordinates: 31.6 S, 71.9 W
  • Depth: 21 miles
  • Location:  Coast near Central Chile

States per their evaluation, these events can occur:

  • Earthquakes of this size can produce large tsunamis outside of the source area.
  • Can be dangerous to coastal areas.
  • The U.S. National Tsunami Center is evaluating the event.
  • The earthquake can produce large Tsunamis causing major damage to areas in the source location.

Reports from Hawaii – 9/16/15 @ 1924 Hours

The NWS from Ewa, Hawaii sends out an alert showing the earthquake has been upgraded to a M8.3

Activity Happening on Coastal areas in CALI – 9/16/15 @ 2245 Hours

An Alert was just broadcasted by Social Media sources that the LAFD will be in Unified Command at 0330 Hours beginning on 9/17/15 with Law Enforcement partners.  Command Post will be at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro.  This is due to the Tsunami Advisory.

RESOURCES

Red Cross

Update your information on the American Red Cross website under “Safe and Well” letting your friends and family know you are safe. This is a great site especially now that a major disaster has occurred.  Check out the site at https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/.

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORTS

  • California Closures:  All marinas, beaches and harbors will close at 0400 hours PDT on Thursday, 9/17/15.
  • President Bachelet: “call people evacuated to stay in higher areas.”
  • Australian Schools: Seismic waves from Chile earthquake recorded on seismometers in schools.
  • Alerts:  Tsunami activity expected to arrive in the LA area at 447am tomorrow. Stay off the beach and out of the water.
  • More CA Alerts/Warnings:  National Tsunami Warning Center issues Tsunami Advisory effective now San Onofre-Southeast of LA County-Ragged PtSan Luis Obispo
  • New Zealand on Alert:  Likely to only be a marine threat to the known hot-spot areas of NZ – Chatham Islands, East Cape, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula.
  • Earthquake History:  Nepal’s April 25 quake was a 7.8, so this is likely to be the biggest earthquake on the planet so far this year.
  • Chileans feel Aftershocks:  Two significant aftershocks already reported from . 6.2M and 6.4M. Larger of two closer to land.
  • Observations:  Perspective: That’s as large as the 1906 earthquake that decimated San Francisco.
  • Injuries:  Chilean Interior minister Burgos asks people to remain calm and confirms no injuries have been reported as of yet.
  • Other areas Alerted:  Warnings for Hawaii and Peru … Quake felt in

MORE INFO TO BE POSTED

More info will be posted as it comes to light. We are thinking of those impacted in Chile and those who have loved ones there.

FOR YOUR SAFETY

Please beware of Coastal changes on the BC, WA, OR, CA Coasts due to a potential threat of large waves, sneeker waves and tsunamis. Please report anything you may see to authorities so they can track them and get necessary warnings out to additional agencies or to the general Public.

If they tell you, that you need to evacuate an area – please don’t question as to why or fight with them to stay.  They are doing their jobs and working to protect you and your family.

Thank you for reading our blog and following along with this Quake Disaster in Chile.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH | Day 2 | Out-of-State Contact

REFLECTIONS

We talked in our last post, Day 1: Creating an Evacuation Plan.  Now, that you have created your plan, practiced your escape routes and are feeling confident about any disaster you may encounter – it’s time to see what Day 2’s Tip has in store for you and your family, friends and communities.

PURPOSE

There are actually two parts to this post, though the second will be a tool you can use if you have no family or friends to whom you can count on as an out-of-state contact as this post is mostly geared towards.  Flexibility should be part of the planning stage to give multiple ways to being Prepared when encountering all types of Disasters and Emergencies.

The main purpose of having an out-of-state contact is so that when there is a large incident that may occur in your area, you can contact your out-of-state person to let them you are okay.  This contact can serve as the point-of-contact for all of your designated family members or friends or for those to whom you have given their contact info to.

COMMUNICATIONS

Ways you can contact them is by phone [the phones may be down at the time of the event], email or by Social Media [if they are not overloaded by affected users] or through other friends and loved ones that can reach out to your  out-of-state-contact for you.

INFO NEEDED

This information as to the name of your Contact, their address, phone number, email address and other pertinent information should be kept with your “Go Kit” and in an agreed upon location where Family members can easily access.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Practice several times a year with your Contact so you both know what to expect during a Disaster or an unplanned Emergency.  You could apply this during a wildland fire event, earthquake, tornado, serious flooding event, evacuation or any other type of incident.

BE PRO-ACTIVE, NOT REACTIVE

Creating an out-of-state contact now and being pro-active for that “disaster” event is the best advice we can give you.  Waiting at the last-minute could easily cause confusion, undue stress and panic if you have no idea who you should be contacting, especially if they don’t know you are trying to reach them during the “unplanned emergency”.

Phone lines may be down causing you to be unable to reach family members.  This may be the case even if you already have an established contact but at least, everyone has one person to go to, instead of each person asking if they have heard from so-so with unnecessary worry.  Contact through email or posting to Social Media may be down due to cell sites or internet hosts could have damaged equipment, but if they aren’t – you can notify your contact person in this manner.

Practice ways as if the communication has been lost and let your out-of-state contact the expectations in some of the many ways you may be in touch with them.  It is a great way to see what works and what doesn’t.

We know that putting this Tip into action may be more difficult now, as all communications are working properly than if in an actual disaster event when they may not be.

ALTERNATIVE TOOLS

So, you don’t have a friend or loved one outside of your home state and need an alternative tool to use.  The American Red Cross has a website and mobile app called “Safe and Well”. This is a site that allows you and your family members to log in to say you are Safe and Well.  Friends and loved ones can also “search” on the Red Cross website for you and your family members finding you are safe.

To find out more information about this site, go to the American Red Cross website:  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

ACTIVE SHOOTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING HOSTED BY BELLEVUE [WA] POLICE DEPARTMENT

Bellevue, Washington | The Bellevue Police Department has announced they will be presenting training for students, staff, parents and the community regarding Active Shooter Preparedness Training:  “A Discussion on School Safety”.

There are many great training videos and programs out there pertaining to these very real incidents happening all across the United States and around the world.  We don’t mean to frighten you but these are very real and to help save lives and getting Police there quickly is to know what to do in the event of an Active Shooter event.  This will not only save your life but the countless students and staff all around you.

Students, do you know to do if a person walked inside your school with a weapon and sought out teachers or even fellow students?  Would you know how to protect you and your fellow students around you? Are you familar with your school’s evacuation plan or places where you can safely evacuate to inside the school if you couldn’t exit the school?

These are all real and great questions to ask the Police Department.  Though we have just learned of these great trainings, we know they will be covering the basics from A-Z.  Students, parents, staff and the Community are invited to attend this great training.

These are all located in the Bellevue, Washington from 1800 – 1930 hours PST in each school’s Performing Arts Center.

January 27 – Interlake High School

February 10 – Newport High School

February 25 – Bellevue High School

Note:  The Bellevue School District asks parents to determine if this is appropriate for their children and able to participate in group discussions.

To learn more about this program, go to http://www.bsd405.org/safety.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

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