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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: May 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Tuesday, May 26, 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.

The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic. The move delays the border’s reopening by another 30 days, until at least June 21. This includes both vehicular traffic as well as recreational boating between the countries.

Advisories, Watches and Warnings: 

There are no watches, warnings, or advisories at this time.

Whatcom County Weather

There will be a transition to a calmer and drier weather pattern today. Skies will slowly clear through the rest of today, returning to mostly clear this evening. Dry, calm, and sunny conditions are to come Wednesday while temperatures rise above average. Winds the next several days are to stay fairly light.

Coastal Weather for Whatcom County

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

Tides at Cherry Point for the next two days:





May 26, 20200307
May 26, 202006177.58
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May 26, 202022389.43
May 27, 20200409
May 27, 202006557.31

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.

If an earthquake happens, protect yourself right away. If you are in a car, pull over and stop. Set your parking brake. If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow. If you are outdoors, stay outdoors away from buildings. Do not get in a doorway. Do not run outside.

Stay safe!

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

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