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Monday, March 30, 2015

Weather Spotter Training

Don't forget, tomorrow is the National Weather Service Weather Spotter class at Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue (701 Vine Street in Kelso) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is a free training! For more information contact Jennifer at EngkrafJ@co.Cowlitz.wa.us.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weather Spotter Training Coming Up Next Week

Ever wonder what kind of clouds those are? If you should be worried? If lightning or hail is on the way? If so, come join the Weather Spotter class next Tuesday!

The National Weather Service Weather Spotter Program is a network of volunteers trained in identifying irregular weather events. These volunteers call in to report abnormal weather conditions where they live.

The training will cover: cloud identification, gauging rainfall, measuring hailstones, types of severe wind, rating snowfall, NWS weather terminology and knowing when to call in a report.

This FREE training will be held on Tuesday, March 31st from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the back training room of Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue at 701 Vine Street in Kelso.
For more information call Jennifer at 577-3130 or email DEM@co.cowlitz.wa.us.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Return to Rain

We knew it couldn't last forever.... From the National Weather Service: Heavy rain expected across SW Washington and NW Oregon this weekend. One to two inches of rain is expected through the Lower Columbia region with gusty winds accompanying on Saturday morning.

Confidence is high that heavy rain will affect the region this weekend, but there is uncertainty as to where the frontal boundary will set up. WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PORTLAND.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Weather Spotter Training Coming Up!

Looking for something interesting to do on March 31st?  Sure you are.  Come join the National Weather Service and the Cowlitz County Department of Emergency Management for Weather Spotter Training.

The National Weather Service Weather Spotter Program is a network of volunteers trained in identifying irregular weather events.  These volunteers call in to report abnormal weather conditions where they live.

The training will cover:  cloud identification, gauging rainfall, measuring hailstones, types of severe wind, rating snowfall, NWS weather terminology and knowing when to call in a report.

This FREE training will be held on Tuesday, March 31st from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the back training room of Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue at 701 Vine Street in Kelso.

For more information call Jennifer at 577-3130 or email DEM@co.cowlitz.wa.us.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wireless Emergency Alerts


From FEMA.GOV


Have you ever noticed a unique sound and vibration coming from your cell phone?  You may have received a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - a nationwide emergency alert system notifying you of a pending emergency in your area. These messages provide information about extreme weather warnings, local emergencies, AMBER Alerts™, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

WEAs look like a text message and show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. If you receive a WEA, follow any directions advised by the message and seek additional information from local media or authorities.

WEAs are sent by authorized government agencies through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

WEA messages can save lives! To learn more check, out FEMA’s WEA Public Service Announcements and the Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings guide from America’s PrepareAthon!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Food Safety Following a Power Outage


From FEMA.GOV


Loss of power can jeopardize the safety of the food stored in your home refrigerator or freezer. In the event of a blackout, do you know how to determine if your food is safe to eat? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers tips to minimize the potential loss of food and lower the risk of foodborne illness.

Before a blackout:

·        Gather an emergency supply of shelf-stable food, packaged foods, boxed or canned milk, bottle water, and canned goods;

·        Have coolers and frozen gel packs on hand to keep refrigerated food cold if the power goes out longer than four hours; and

·        Keep freezer items close together—this helps the food stay cold longer.

Bacteria in food grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The USDA instructs setting your refrigerator at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If the power is out for less than four hours and the refrigerator door is kept closed, your food should be safe.

Following a blackout:

·        Discard any perishable food items such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers that have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more;

·        Use a food thermometer to test the temperature of food – never taste it!  You can’t rely on appearance and odor to determine whether food is safe; and

·        Discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat, seafood, or poultry juices.

Power outages can occur anywhere at any time of the year. Make sure you and your family are prepared and know what to do to avoid getting sick.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Windy Weekend

The National Weather Service predicts strong east to northeast winds to develop Saturday night and continue into Monday across SW Washington and NW Oregon.  The winds will increase late Saturday and reach their peak late Saturday night then decrease Monday afternoon. 

Gusts could reach up to 40 mph in the Portland and Vancouver area and farther north into Cowlitz County at times.