Monday, April 18, 2016

Next COAD Meeting May 17

No COAD meeting for April 2016. The next COAD meeting will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 12PM to 1PM at the Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center. We will discuss COAD’s participation in the upcoming Cascadia Rising Catastrophic Earthquake and Tsunami Training Exercise.  Whatcom County participation days are scheduled for June 7-8, 2016.  For your references, a detailed exercise scenario document is available at https://huxley.wwu.edu/sites/huxley.wwu.edu/files/media/Cascadia_Rising_low_1.pdf).

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE JUNE EXERCISE: Your organization can expect a telephone call during business hours simulating a request for resources that you indicate you can provide during a disaster.

QUESTIONS/NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Should your organization have questions or need additional information contact Geri Chumley at chumleygm@aol.com.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION: In order to prepare for this exercise we need you to answer a poll question that was emailed to the point of contact for your organization. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

First COAD Meeting of 2016 - March 15

It is time for the first COAD meeting 2016 on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 where we will discuss plans for the year and hear from Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management on the Regional Exercise - Cascadia Rising, a 9.0 subduction zone earthquake scenario.  You will hear how representatives from numerous Whatcom County agencies plan to take part in the planning, exercise, and evaluation of this full scale training exercise.  This meeting will be held at the Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. 

Date:  Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Presenter:  John Gargett-Deputy Director, WCSO- Division of Emergency Management
Location:  3888 Sound Way, Bellingham WA 98226

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October 2015 Speaker Series - Tsunami Awareness

The next COAD meeting is Tuesday October 20, 2015, where we will continue with the COAD Speaker Series. This meeting will be held at St. Luke's Community Health Education Center (HEC) from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Whatcom County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management is offering a Tsunami Awareness presentation. Questions one may ask, Tsunami? For Whatcom County? Event with the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Rosario and Georgia Straits and the islands surrounding it? Really? In a word, Yes! Join us and find out what tsunami may mean to you.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presenter: Wallace Kost, Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, Division of Emergency Management
Location: Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225

Business agenda items for discussion:
     *Earthquake Hazards of Skagit and Whatcom County - Nov 12 @ 6:30PM, Lincoln Theatre - Mount Vernon
     *Discussion about survey questions to help identify 2016 COAD plans and priorities.
     *Request for suggestions for November 17 Speaker Series.
     *No December meeting planned.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July 2015 Speaker Series

Join us today at noon to hear from Adventist Community Services. They will talk about their role in disaster donations.

Date: Today, July 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Presenter: Cheryl Brown, Adventist Community Services
Location: Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Disaster Donations Management Training - July 10

Community Action of Skagit County is hosting a Donations Operations class on July 10, 2015.  You are invited to attend this free training presented by Larry Brown, Lead Donations Operations Trainer for the Adventist Community Services- Disaster Response.  In large disasters, Adventist Community Services- Disaster Response specializes in managing warehouses of donated goods and ensuring they are properly disbursed in the affected community.  This Donations Operations class will help your community volunteers to respond and manage the influx of donations after a disaster. 

Click on the following link to find details about this training opportunity and registration information.   

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15D-seDx-C265dZzBNLkvOoz0WAWfKuBVpvAGtyCKhxE/viewform 

Registration deadline is July 3, 2015. 


June 2015 Speaker Series Presentation


The next COAD meeting is Tuesday, June 16, 2015, where we will continue with the COAD Speaker Series. This meeting will be held at St. Luke's Community Health Education Center (HEC) from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  Join us and learn about Summit to Sound, Search and Rescue (SAR) and their role in the Whatcom County SAR program. Learn how they get activated and get an overview of the different types of response missions.

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presenters: Lauri McBeath-Davies, Search and Rescue- Summit to Sound President
Location: Health Educational Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham WA 98225

Business agenda items for discussion include:
     *Community Review of the All Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Update
     *Donations Management Training, July 10 held in Burlington, WA
     *COAD Tabletop Training Exercise to be rescheduled, September 2015

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April 2015 Speaker Series Presentation


The next COAD meeting is set for Tuesday, April 21, 2015, where we will continue with the COAD Speaker Series.  This meeting will be held at St. Luke's Community Health Educational Center (HEC) from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  Join us and learn what HOPEAACR is and how they provide comfort and encouragement through animal-assisted support to individuals affected by crises and disaster.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presenters: Kathleen Laughlin with George (canine) and
Chris Monroe with Pongo (canine)
Location: HEC - 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham WA 98225