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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: May 19, 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 will be a small craft advisory in effect from 5 PM this afternoon to 11 AM Wednesday.

Whatcom County Weather

Partly cloudy to mostly clear skies will continue this evening, but clouds will begin to increase as marine air pushes into the region tonight. Dry weather will also continue most of the night tonight, but some drizzle will be possible late overnight into early Tuesday morning. Dry conditions will return later Tuesday morning and continue through the day Tuesday. More drizzle or sprinkles are expected to develop during the second half of the night Tuesday night, increasing to showers Wednesday morning, with off and on showers through the remainder of the day.

Coastal Weather for Whatcom County

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

Tides at Cherry Point for the next two days:





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May 20, 202003598.24
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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.

Third, earthquakes can strike at any time, and everyone needs to “Be Prepared,” at home, at school, in the workplace, while shopping, in houses of worship, or just taking a walk in the park. Mother Nature does not pay any attention to the calendar, the weather or the readiness of our communities.  Being prepared is a small investment of time, money and energy that will help protect you, your family and our community.

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

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