The only difference between adventure and disaster is preparedness.

Friday, April 17, 2015

First Aid for Your Finances

Being ready for a disaster is more than storing extra water and supplies. It is equally important for you and your family to be financially ready for disasters.  April is Financial Literacy Month. Now is a good to time to ensure you have adequate insurance, a plan to pay bills, and an alternate way to access financial and personal records. Taking these preparedness steps will help with disaster recovery.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Operation HOPE created the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK). Use the EFFAK to identify important documents, medical records, and household contracts. 

When completing the kit, you will be guided to include pictures or a video of your home and belongings, and to store them in a safe place. Storing critical documents is also one of the ten ways to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! so be sure to register your actions on the campaign website.

The 2014 EFFAK is available in English, Spanish, and reader enabled English versions that can be filled out online.

To learn more about the EFFAK and other tools you can use to prepare your finances, check out this blog post from Gwen Camp, Director of FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division and a public service announcement from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Operation HOPE CEO and founder John Hope Bryant.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Public Safety Career Fair

Have you ever thought about a career in public safety, such as law enforcement, fire, corrections, paramedic or 9-1-1 dispatcher?  If so, check out the Public Safety Career Fair on May 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vancouver Hilton at 301 W. 6th Street in Vancouver. For more information visit

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.   Like other emergency service workers, they frequently give up Christmas mornings, birthday parties and family functions and instead choose to serve their community by answering emergency calls.

Our 9-1-1 dispatchers are responsible for handling all 9-1-1 emergency calls generated in Cowlitz County. Many people are not aware that they also handle the receipt, disposition, and the documentation of telephone and radio calls in both routine and emergency matters for Law Enforcement and Fire Services. These are busy people!

The Cowlitz County 9-1-1 Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is the responsibility of the dispatcher to accurately, and quickly, identify the nature of your call and assist in solving the problem.

Of course, you don't need a special week to honor your public safety dispatchers for excellence! You can write them a commendation, mention their "good job" at a shift briefing, or just give them a pat on the back.

Help Support Cowlitz Search & Rescue and Have Fun Too!!


What:  Murder mystery fundraiser dinner for Cowlitz County Search and Rescue
When:  Saturday, May 2nd
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)
Where:  Kalama Community Building, 126 N. 2nd Street in Kalama
Price:  $40 per person
What it covers:  Murder mystery fun, dinner, non alcoholic drinks, 1950's sock hop

To purchase your tickets please contact, call 360-562-0279 or on Cowlitz County SAR's Facebook Page.

How it works:

*When you purchase your tickets, you choose a character to portray.
*You come to the event dressed as your character and act as that character throughout the evening
*You will receive a packet of information about your character and who to share what clues with.
*The guests mingle during the evening sharing clues and trying to solve the "murder" that occurs during scene 2.
*At the end of scene 3, everyone gets to guess the murdered before they are revealed!

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

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

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.