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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: April 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Friday, April 16, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

The weather through the weekend is shaping up to be fantastic. Highs in the mid 70s, light winds, and plenty of sun. If you're a skier, the the ski resort snow base is over 190 inches. Boaters, the wind is around 10 knots with 1' or less wind waves.

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 

No advisories, watches or warnings for our area.

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

Tranquil weather continues for the next couple of days. Expect temperatures to rise into the 70s on Friday and potentially even the upper 70s on Saturday. It will be warm with mostly light winds and no precipitation threats.  The weather remains dry through the rest of the weekend and likely into next week as well. Northwest flow will return and bring some cooler temperatures next week but it will still be mild to warm and likely remaining dry into mid-week.  Sumas could see a moderate northeast breeze on  Sunday with gusts to 22 mph or so.


Rivers and Streams

Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding. The warmer temperatures will lead to a little more snowmelt draining into the river so the water will be running pretty cold. If you have any plans to be in or around the river, remember hypothermia and its affect on the body.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

Surface high pressure will remain centered to  the north of the area into this weekend for light offshore flow.  Onshore flow is expected to develop early next week.  WIND:   Today:  NE wind to 10 knots becoming NW in the afternoon; wind waves 1' or less.  Tonight: N wind to 10 knots; wind waves 1' or less.   TomorrowNW wind to 10 knots; wind waves 1' or less. Sat Night:  NW wind to 10 knots becoming E after midnight; wind waves 1' or less. Sun:  N wind to 10 knots becoming NW in the afternoon; wind waves 2' 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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