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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: May 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Monday, May 18, 2020 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office continues to support Whatcom Unified Command as they continue planning in response to COVID-19. Additionally, as we move into wildfire season, we are working to further develop a Whatcom County Wildfire Response Plan.

Information about Whatcom County’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 website

Active Incidents

The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect.

Advisories, Watches and Warnings: 

There are no advisories, watches, or warnings currently in effect.

Whatcom County Weather

Dry, or mostly dry conditions are expected through the day today with just a slight chance for a few showers over the Cascades and foothills this afternoon. Any afternoon showers will end in the late afternoon/early evening with dry conditions returning for most of tonight. Low clouds will move into the region later overnight tonight with a chance for some sprinkles or drizzle going into Tuesday morning. Dry weather returns late Tuesday morning and continues through the day but more sprinkles/drizzle is expected to develop overnight Tuesday night, mainly after midnight.

Coastal Weather for Whatcom County

For the Coastal and Inland waters of Whatcom County, we can expect northwest wind 5 to 15 knots becoming westerly to 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves should be 2 feet or less. Tonight, the winds should shift to the southwest 10 to 20 knots with wind waves 1 to 3 feet.

Tides at Cherry Point for the next two days:





May 18, 202003188.56
May 18, 20201019
May 18, 202016356.16
May 18, 20202125
May 19, 202003398.39
May 19, 20201044

Here are a few emergency management reminders:

First, Whatcom County public health officials are recommending that everyone wear cloth face coverings in public places. While this isn’t a requirement, it is an additional step of protection that you should take to keep from spreading the virus to others. Wearing cloth face coverings will not prevent the spread of COVID-19 without other protective measures like staying 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you and washing your hands with soap frequently.

Second, as we enter wildfire season, we recommend you create an emergency escape plan. Call us to learn what the evacuation plan is for your area. Discuss this evacuation route with everyone in your family. Ensure family members who live nearby know the route and have means of transportation. Also, stay informed by signing up for emergency text and alert messages from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Alert link on the county website. Finally, don’t forget to create an emergency kit.

This briefing line is not updated on weekends unless an incident occurs.

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