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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: April 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Friday, April 9, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

The average April temperature for Whatcom County is 54 degrees for the high and 31 degrees for the low with rain occurring10 days (on average). Good idea to keep emergency Winter kit in your care for a few more weeks at least.

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" in effect from 5:00pm this afternoon to 11:00am Saturday morning for west to southwest winds 20-30 knots.

A "Winter Weather Advisory" is in effect from this afternoon at 5:00pm until Saturday afternoon at 5:00pm above 2000'. Snow accumulations of 6-12 inches are possible.

Environment Canada issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for southeast winds 20-30 knots this morngin becoming west 15-25 knots this evening.

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

Expect increasing clouds today as the next disturbance approaches. Winds will increase with gusts up to 25-30mph along with a few light showers developing in the area but they will be scattered and isolated. The showers will increase for tonight with some periods of steadier rain before midnight and then the rain decreases through the rest of the night. There will be a chance for couple light showers in the morning hours then on Saturday but all showers taper off by noon with dry weather returning for rest of the day. However, SR-542 looks to be the exception to that and will likely see more consistent rain into the late morning and tapering off early afternoon. Skies clear out for Saturday night with an extended dry period expected. Dry weather with mostly clear skies will be seen throughout the entire upcoming work week and temperatures will be rising becoming very mild to warm. 


Rivers and Streams

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

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

Southerly flow increases today ahead of an approaching frontal system.  The front will cross the waters this afternoon adn evening, with a push of strong onshore flow developing Friday night into Saturday behind the front.  Onshore flow will ease and turn more northerly or even a bit offshore late in the weekend through the start of next week.  Today:  South wind 5-15 knots increasing to 10-20 knots this afternoon Wind waves 1-3'.   Tonight: South wind 15-25 knots becoming 10-20 knots after midnight; wind waves 3-5'. Saturday: West wind 15-25 knots easing to 10-20 knots in the afternoon; wind waves 2-4'.  Saturday Night: West wind 5-15 knots becoming 10 knots after midnight. Sunday: NW wind 15 knots or less.

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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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