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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: April 12, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Monday, April 12, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

According to the Mt Baker Ski Resort Snow Resort, 700 inches of snow have fallen for the 2020-21 Winter Season; the average is 663" per year (based on 15 year average). For the county, expect sunny skies and a north breeze; temps near 60 today-enjoy!

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 noon today to 11:00pm this evening for 15-25 knots northwest winds.

Environment Canada issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for northwest winds 20-25 knots letting up to 15-20 knots late this evening.

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

Conditions today are expected to make a run towards seasonal averages as the day progresses with much help from sunny skies. A northerly breeze should set up allowing locations along the water seeing most of the action. As the evening comes around, winds should taper off but clear skies will remain. Overnight lows will bottom out again in the mid to upper 30s but elevations above 500' should be on the lookout for frost. More dry weather and sunny skies are on tap for Tuesday. Temperatures today will be near 60 degrees with highs tomorrow a degree or two warmer.


Rivers and Streams

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

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

Offshore flow will continue this week as high pressure continues inland over the Pacific Northwest and lower pressure resides near the Coast.  Today:  N wind 10-20 knots becoming NW 15-25 knots in the afternoon; wind waves 2-4'.   Tonight: NW wind 15-25 knots becoming NE 10-20 knots after midnight; wind waves 2-4'.  Tomorrow: N wind 5-15 knots becoming NW 10-20 knots in the afternoon; wind waves 1-3'.

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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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