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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: April 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Friday, April 23, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Increasing clouds this evening with a stray shower. Low temps in the low to mid-40s. Wind continues to be from the SW at 5-15 mph. Tomorrow look for rain/rain showers and a high in the low to mid-50s. Showers likely to stay around until Monday.

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 May 21, 2021

Advisories, Watches and Warnings 

No advisories, watches or warnings for our area.

Environment Canada has issued a Strong Wind Warning for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo for northwest winds 15-25 knots 

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

Wet, active weather returns this weekend but with one last mainly dry afternoon Friday. Temperatures are expected to be cooler with mostly cloudy skies through this afternoon. A stray afternoon shower or two can be expected in the foothills and in northern portions of the county while conditions remain dry elsewhere. Another system moves in overnight Friday with periods of rain developing in the late evening hours area wide. Then, rain continues throughout the remainder of the night off and on. This system continues to move through Saturday with periods of rain continuing throughout the daytime hours fairly steadily area wide. This will allow for a few tenths of an inch of rain and cooler temperatures compared to Friday. Then Saturday night, periods of rain continue to slowly push through as this system gradually moves out and are expected throughout the night area wide. Another few hundredths of an inch of rainfall are expected for most areas. Winds remain generally light. Temperatures over the next several days will see highs only in the 50s and lows in the 40s. There will be some breezes but nothing strong. generally the 5-15 mph range.

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 today as a weak surface ridge remains over the coastal waters with lower pressure east of the Cascades.  A weak front will  move onshore early Saturday.  A weak trough will linger over the waters on Sunday. A surface ridge will vuild over the coastal waters on Monday then shift inland early Tuesday as another frontal system approaches. WIND:   Tonight:  SW wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. A slight chance of rain in the evening then a chance of rain after midnight. Tomorrow:  S wind 5-15 knots becoming 5-15 knots; wind waves 2' or less.  A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.  Tomorrow Night:  W  wind to 10 knots. Wind waves 1' or less. Rain likely in the evening then showers likely after midnight.  Sunday:  Light wind becoming @ to 10 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1' or less. Sunday Night:   SW wind to 10 knots in the evening becoming light. Wind waves 1' 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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