The only difference between adventure and disaster is preparedness.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weather Update


Update from National Weather Service:  Confidence is higher that the Cowlitz County area will experience snow/sleet tomorrow morning beginning between 6 and 7 a.m. which will transition to snow later in the morning (up to 4 inches).  Just in time for the afternoon commute, there is a possibility of the snow transitioning into freezing rain.  For more information click here:  http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?minlon=-125&maxlon=-120.8&minlat=43.39&maxlat=46.91&mapwidth=354&site=pqr&zmx=1.5&zmy=1.5&map.x=331&map.y=107#.VGPjD2XTl6k

Winter Weather on the Way!

Who's ready for winter? We just participated in a weather briefing from the Portland National Weather Service. Their forecast for the Lower Columbia area includes possibility for up to 4 inches of snow tomorrow beginning anywhere from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. with snow possibly transitioning to freezing rain in the afternoon. They stressed that the confidence in this forecast is low right now and they should know more after updated satellite readings this afternoon so stay tuned! 

Click here for more info.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

First Aid and Disaster Preparedness classes coming up

Longview Parks and Rec is holding a First Aid/CPR class this Saturday, November 8th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  For cost and registration information, call 360-442-5400. 

Why not make a full day of learning useful skills?  December 6th from 9:00 a.m. to noon there will be a First Aid/CPR class and then from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. there will be a Disaster Preparedness education class.  For cost and registration information, call Longview Parks and Rec at 360-442-5400.  Take one day to learn skills for a lifetime!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Windy Weather in Store

The Portland National Weather Service advises that Cowlitz County can expect some higher winds tonight beginning at midnight and lasting through tomorrow morning.  Winds may be 15-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tornado in Longview!

What a crazy day yesterday!  We wanted to extend a sincere thanks to all of the first responders, utility crews, business owners and bystanders that came together in the aftermath of this extremely unexpected event.  We are so glad that no one was injured!

Here are a few links to news items regarding yesterday's event:
http://www.kptv.com/story/26877285/possible-funnel-cloud-tornado-reported-in-longview

http://tdn.com/news/local/tornado-damages-parts-of-longview-kelso/article_4bb04644-5af2-11e4-af5d-8f8496f007d9.html


You can follow the chronology and see people's pictures on our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CowlitzCountyDEM

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wind and Rain on the way


Wind and rain is headed our way!  According to the Portland National Weather Service, the Lower Columbia area can expect heavy rainfall beginning late Tuesday night that will continue into Thursday morning.  There is potential for 1-3 inches of rain and winds between 30-35 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 in higher elevation areas.    

As the leaves are beginning to cover both the ground and the storm drains, there is potential for short duration street flooding and slick roadways.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Water Storage and Treatment Webinar


*This comes to us from Nitro-Pak, a disaster supply kit company.  They are offering a free water storage and treatment online webinar on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.  Click on the "Reserve Your Spot Now" link to RSVP.
News of the Ebola virus and the approaching flu season should not cause us to panic, but it should remind us of another type of emergency we need to be prepared for: a quarantine.
Would your family be prepared to be isolated to avoid the outbreak of the flu or other illness?
Water should be at the top of your quarantine prep list. To help you be prepared, I want to offer you a chance to learn from emergency water expert Glenn Meder.
Glenn's webinar on how to purify water in an emergency situation generated one of the best response rates we've ever had.  That's why I've invited Glenn back to offer his FREE one-hour class again on Wednesday, October 22nd at 8 p.m. CDT, (9 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. MDT / 6 p.m. PDT). 
We've invited Glenn back to show us how to provide safe drinking water independent of supply chains and pre-stored water supplies.  
Don't miss out on this vital education. Register now!  
Thanks!
Harry Weyandt
President, Nitro-Pak