These Daily Briefings on Incidents, Advisories, Watches and Warnings, current weather and Emergency Management tips are published Monday through Friday, as well as during times of increased awareness or actual events.
The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. Information about Whatcom County’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 website.
Whatcom County is in Phase 2 of the Washington Safe Start Plan, and does not yet meet eligibility requirements to apply for Phase 3. Simplistically, social distancing, the mask directive and groups of 5 or less are the guidelines of Phase 2. More info about Phase 2 in Whatcom County can be found here, and updates can be found here.
The U.S. and Canada have for a second time extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic. The move delays the border’s reopening by another 30 days, until at least July 21. This includes both vehicular traffic as well as recreational boating between the countries.
Washington state has implemented a cloth mask mandate requiring the wearing of a mask in public indoors and wherever a social distance of six feet cannot be maintained outdoors. More info can be found here and here.
Advisories, Watches and Warnings:
There is a small craft advisory in effect from now until 0500 Thursday. There is also a gale warning in effect from 1700 this afternoon to 0500 Thursday.
Whatcom County Weather
Dry, warm weather continues today. Cloud cover will increase late tonight into Thursday, which will cause the temperatures on Thursday to drop a bit, but the potential for rain is looking a lot lower overall at this time. A few light showers will pop up in the general region Thursday afternoon, but right now it looks like they’ll all be confined to the Maple Falls area eastwards, leaving the western areas dry through the afternoon hours.
Coastal Weather for Whatcom County
For the Coastal and Inland waters of Whatcom County, we can expect southwesterly wind 5 to 15 knots, becoming westerly 10 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves should be 1 to 3 feet. Tonight, the winds should shift southerly 15 to 25 knots with wind waves 2 to 4 feet.
Tides at Cherry Point for the next two days:
Here are a few emergency management reminders:
COVID-19: Everyone in Washington State, including Whatcom County, is directed to wear a face covering while at any indoor public space and any outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you. You can find more info about face coverings and other protective actions here and here.
Disaster Preparation for Older Americans tips: Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans. Get Ready Now.
Get a Kit: The first step is to consider how an emergency might affect your individual needs. Plan to make it on your own, for two weeks. It’s possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore. It is crucial that you and your family think about what kinds of resources you use on a daily basis and what you might do if those resources are limited or not available.
Make a Plan: The reality of a disaster situation is that you will likely not have access to everyday conveniences. To plan in advance, think through the details of your everyday life. If there are people who assist you on a daily basis, list who they are, and how you will contact them in an emergency. Create your own personal support network by identifying others who will help you in an emergency. Think about what modes of transportation you use and what alternative modes could serve as back-ups. If you require handicap accessible transportation, be sure your alternatives are also accessible. For every aspect of your daily routine, plan an alternative procedure. Make a plan and write it down. Keep a copy of your plan in your emergency supply kits and a list of important information and contacts in your wallet. Share your plan with your family, friends, care providers, and others in your personal support network.
Be Informed: Preparing for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit and making an emergency plan, is the same regardless of the type of emergency. However, it’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect Whatcom County.
You can get additional information by reaching out to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management (360) 676-6681, and you can visit FEMA’ s site to download a brochure.
"Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters." - Pandora Poikilo
This briefing line is not updated on weekends unless an incident occurs.