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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: April 29, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Thursday, April 29, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Average temps today and tomorrow (high-60/low-44) with mostly cloudy skies and light winds from the south around 10mph. There may be a shower or two in the northern part of the county. Greater chance for showers going into Thursday and Thursday evening.

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.

Whatcom County Weather

Inland Weather

Dry weather will continue today before the rain jackets are needed again. High clouds will drape the skies leaving generally mostly cloudy to overcast conditions. Along with cloud cover, daytime temps should warm up to their highest values of the week topping out above average for Thursday. Overnight, rainfall will begin to spread across the region with the activity beginning around midnight using current guidance. This feature is expected to break to showers before ending in the late afternoon-early evening on Friday for the lowlands. Foothills/cascades may see an all day event. High temps will be noticeably cooler.  Showery conditions look to persist into the weekend. Sunday looks to be fairly dry most hours but can't rule out a stray shower or two. Going forward, another shot of organized rainfall looks to enter the mix on Monday, maintaining the trend of wet weather. Temperatures should be generally steady during this time. For today, look for high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s with lows tonight around 50.  Tomorrow will be about 10 degrees cooler; expect highs of only 60.  Southwest winds today will be in the 5-15 mph range; tomorrow we're likely to see some gusts in areas up to 25 mph from the southwest.

Rivers and Streams

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

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

High pressure will remain over the region todaY for generally light winds.  Southerly winds will increase tonight and Friday as frontal system moves in.  Onshore flow will prevail behind this system Friday night and continue through the weekend.  Another front may reach the waters around Monday.   WIND:   Today:  Light wind becoming SW to 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1' or less.  Tonight:  SW wind 5-15 knots becoming SE after midnight.  Wind waves 2' or less.  A chance of rain after midnight.  Tomorrow:  SE wind 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1-3'.  Rain in the morning then a chance of rain in the afternoon.        

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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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