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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: April 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Should I be concerned about hydroplaning? Contrary to most drivers’ beliefs, hydroplaning can occur even when the roads are only slightly damp. (Source: Roads are wet today

Active Incidents

COVID-19 - 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 until at least April 21, 2021

Advisories, Watches and Warnings 

A "SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY" is now in effect from noon today to 2:00am Thursday morning for southwest winds 15-25 knots.

A "WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY" is in effect from 8:00 pm this evening until 9:00 am Thursday above 2000 feet.  Total snow accumulations of 4 to 11 inches are expected. 

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

Clouds increase overnight as a disturbance approaches but it should just remain dry tonight. A light shower could be seen very late tonight but the rain should hold off until the time frame changes. Winds will increase out of the south late to 5-15mph overnight. Showers will develop and begin then very early and then increase to periods of rain quickly for the rest of the day. Expect periods of light rain to continue into Wednesday night. Any periods of heavier rain overnight could lead to some mixed hail as well in lowland areas. Wind gusts will be strongest on Wednesday into Wednesday evening with gusts up to 30mph. The rain will break into scattered showers then again in the evening prior to midnight everywhere and lead into much drier conditions on Thursday although we could still see a stray light or shower two on Thursday also. Nonetheless, mostly dry weather will be in place for Thursday.  Temperatures today will be in the mid to upper 40s while lows tonight will drop into the upper 30s with the exception of the higher elevations. Tomorrow temperatures will be much like today. 

Rivers and Streams

Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding. 

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

Several frontal systems will push through the area today and again on Friday yielding periods of hazardous winds and seas.  Flow will likely become offshore again by the start of next week. Today: SW wind 5-15 knots becoming S 15-25 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves increase from ~2' to 2-4'.  Tonight: SW wind 10-20 knots becoming 15-25 knots after midnight with wind waves 2-4'. Thursday: W wind 15-25 knots with wind waves 2-4'.


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Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

April Is Financial Preparedness Month

Whatcom County residents at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful times, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the recovery process quickly and efficiently.

  1. Gather financial and critical personal, household and medical information.
  2. Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that could be used in any crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place. It is important to have small bills on hand because ATMs and credit cards may not work during a disaster when you need to purchase necessary supplies, fuel or food.
  3. Obtain property (homeowners or renters), health and life insurance if you do not have them. Not all insurance policies are the same. Review your policy to make sure the amount and types of coverage you have meets the requirements for all possible hazards. Homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding, so you may need to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.
  4. For more helpful financial preparedness tips, download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) to get started planning today.

There is also a wealth of information on financial preparedness on Ready.Gov.  You can also contact the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management at 360.676.6681 for additional information.


Washington State residents are 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 on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.

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.

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