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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: October 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Friday, October 1, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Active Incidents

On August 18th, Governor Inslee ordered a statewide mask mandate.  Please see the Governor's website at the following URL:

COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. 

The U.S. has extended an order closing the shared border to nonessential traffic until at least October 21, 2021.  Canada allows fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada however, there are several additional requirements you need to be aware of.  See Canada Border Services Agency for additional requirements:

Advisories, Watches and Warning

State Route 9:  Intermittent single lane closures continuing through 5 October just south of Acme.  Expect some delays during this time as crews continue to complete the project.  


Inland Weather

Everyone should see some sun today in Whatcom County though it will not be the same for everyone.  Temperatures, however, should climb to the low to mid-60s for everyone except Newhalem which will see upper 50s.  Winds are going to be on the light side, under 10 mph and variable. More clouds will move into the area tonight and lows will drop into the mid-40s.  Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain developing for tomorrow night and perhaps a little bit into Sunday.  There is another chance for rain early next week but nothing significant in the overall forecast at this point.

Rivers and Streams

All portions of the Nooksack River are seeing river levels dropping and by Monday or Tuesday will be back to normal levels.  The forecast rain Saturday night and possible early next week will not have any impact on the levels.  But, the rain will continue to help saturate the soil which could play a role in any pooling or drainage problems in the future. If you have drains or culverts on your property, now is a good time to make sure they are clear so water can drain freely.  Likewise, if you have leaves covering drains, please remove them as that will prevent water from pooling in some of the lower street area.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

High pressure will be over the Coastal Waters with lower pressure inland through Saturday.  A weak front will move through the area Saturday night and Sunday.  A stronger frontal system will reach teh area on Tuesday.  Winds.  Today:  NW wind to 10 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 2' or less.  Tonight:  NW wind 5-15 knots becoming S after midnight.  Wind waves 2' or less.  Tomorrow:   S wind to 10 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 2' or less.  A slight chance of rain in the afternoon.  Tomorrow Night:  SE wind 5-15 knots.  Wind waves 2' or less.   Sunday:  W wind 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1-3'.  Sunday Night:  NW wind 5-15 knots.  Wind waves 2' or less.


High Tide
Low Tide
October 01, 20210746
October 01, 202115598.47
October 01, 20212155
October 02, 202101196.37
October 02, 20210844
October 02, 202116298.59
October 02, 20212218
October 03, 202102406.68

Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

It is National Preparedness Month and now is the time to Build a Kit...

After an emergency, you may need to rely on yourself and your household or community for several days. It’s important to have supplies set aside and ready to use, including water, non-perishable food, medications, first aid kit, copies of important paperwork, and additional items.

When building a kit, make sure to have one wherever you spend much of the time (e.g. home, work, car). Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have, such as medications or medical equipment, in case you have to evacuate quickly. 

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

A basic emergency supplies kit could include the following items:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust or N-95 mask
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Visit for a complete list of recommended emergency supplies.


Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found 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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