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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: October 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Monday, October 4, 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

Clouds this morning are expected to break later and partly sunny skies should dominate the rest of the day.  Temperatures will be on the lower end of the 60s with lows tonight dropping into the 40s-another sign of Fall.  Clouds will increase overnight and a chance for showers will develop with a more steady rain forecast for tomorrow and tomorrow night.  Then showers will continue on Wednesday.  High temperatures will fall just why of the 60 degree mark for the rest of the work week with lows continuing in the 40s.  Winds will be a little squirrely with south/southeast winds along the coast tonight and tomorrow.  Point Roberts will  see winds from the northwest tonight and the east tomorrow.  Some gusts in Point Roberts could reach 34 mpg tomorrow and up to 45 mph tomorrow night.  The rest of the county will see wind but not that strong.  The rain will not be heavy but some areas could puck up one-half inch or a little more before it is finished tomorrow.  Isolated locations may see amounts a little greater.

Rivers and Streams

Rivers and streams have, for the most part, returned to low levels and normal flow.  The forecast rain for this week will have little impact on the river levels but temperatures are low enough now that most of the precipitation will continue to recharge the ground making it more saturated and susceptible to runoff in the future.  In other words, evaporation is becoming less of a factor from here on out.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

High pressure will build over the area today.  A frontal system will move through the area tonight and Tuesday.  A trailing surface trough or low will push through the area on Wednesday.  High pressure will rebuild over the area on Thursday.  Another weak frontal system will  reach the area on Friday.  Winds.  Today:  N wind 5-15 knots becoming NW to 10 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 2' or less.  Tonight:  W wind to 10 knots becoming NW 5-15 knots after midnight.  Wind waves 2' or less.  A slight chance of rain after midnight.  Tomorrow:   NE wind 5-15 knots becoming SE 20-30 knots in the afternoon.  Wind waves 2' or less building to 3-5' in the afternoon.  Rain.  Tomorrow Night:  S wind 20-30 knots easing to 5-15 knots after midnight.  Wind waves 3-5' subsiding to 2' or less after midnight.   Note:  While there is no "Small Craft Advisory" issued yet, winds of 20-30 knots are typically accompanied by such an advisory.  Tune in to marine weather for updates.


High Tide
Low Tide
October 04, 202103477.10
October 04, 20211019
October 04, 202117168.71
October 04, 20212313
October 05, 202104487.55
October 05, 20211102
October 05, 202117388.74
October 05, 20212345

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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