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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: April 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Wednesday, April 21, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Another nice day on tap for today but things will begin to change later tomorrow. Temperatures will cool down with some light rain on Friday and steadier rain over the weekend. Temp today near 70; tonight around 40. WNW wind at 5-15 mph. Tomorrow near 60.

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

Dry weather is expected through Thursday. Looks like there will be some light showers/drizzle nearby to the S and E overnight Wednesday night and Thursday, but conditions across the lowlands of the county are expected to remain dry. High temperatures will be warm again on Wednesday afternoon, but temperatures will be considerably cooler on Thursday. Looks dry Thursday night and Friday, but off/on light rain is expected Friday night.  A steadier round of rain moves through on Saturday before tapering off Saturday evening.  Looks mainly dry overnight Saturday night and Sunday morning, but there could be a few showers at any point.  Showers will be more likely on Sunday afternoon with occasional showers expected through Sunday night and Monday before tapering off Monday night.

Rivers and Streams

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

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

Onshore flow will persist through the week due to high pressure over the NE Pacific.  Highest wind and waves will be found over the outer Coastal Waters and teh Strait of Juan de Fuca.  A frontal system will move inland Friday night into Saturday.   WIND:   Today:  NW wind 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon; wind waves 1'-3'.  Tonight:  W wind 10-20 knots;  wind waves 1'-3'.   Tomorrow:  NW wind 5-15 knots becoming SW to 10 knots in the afternoon; wind waves 2' or less.  Tomorrow Night:  S wind 15-25 knots; wind waves 2'-4'.  Look for a "Small Craft Advisory" to be issued for this period.

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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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