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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: April 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Friday, April 30, 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

Showery conditions are expected into the beginning of this weekend. Friday afternoon, lingering, stray light showers can be expected area wide before 5-6pm from a system that passed through during the morning hours. Overall, conditions remain mainly dry, but if a stray shower pops up, only a few hundredths of an inch of rain are expected. Lightly breezy conditions are also expected for most areas as gusts reach 20-25 mph. Overnight, dry conditions set in with partly cloudy skies throughout the area. Winds become generally light area wide although you should expect gusts from the S/SW today in the  15-25 mph range. Moving into Saturday, the day begins dry area wide with spotty light showers again developing around midday. With showers remaining spotty and light, most western areas could remain entirely dry whereas the foothills are more likely see a few hundredths of an inch of rain. This spotty showery activity continues into Saturday evening before tapering off area wide. Then, dry conditions follow. Winds remain generally light.  High temperature today will be around 60 degrees with lows tonight around 50.  Tomorrow' high will be in the upper 50s with lows in the mid-40s.

Conditions look to improve into Sunday as conditions dry out. Lingering showers look to remain in the foothills, so a break can be expected elsewhere. However, another system does look to move in Monday afternoon with periods of light rain. Rain looks to break into showers overnight Monday with showery conditions lingering into Tuesday. Dry conditions then look to set in Wednesday through Thursday before another system moves in Friday.

Rivers and Streams

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

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

A frontal system will move through the area today.  Onshore flow will prevail behind this system into the weekend.  Another front will move through the area on Monday followed by more onshore flow Tuesday.   WIND:   Today:  SE wind 5-15 knots becoming S 10-20 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1-3'.  A chance of rain in the morning then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon.  Tonight:  SW wind 10-20 knots.  Wind waves 1-3'.  A slight chance of showers.  Tomorrow:  W wind 10-20 knots.  Wind waves 2' or less.  Tomorrow Night:  W wind 10-20 knots.  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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