Thursday, March 26, 2015

Upcoming COAD Training - SAVE THE DATE - May 19

On May 19, 2015, we will conduct a COAD Disaster Response Training Exercise.  Please save this date.  During the exercise, Whatcom County COAD Member Organizations will have the opportunity to:
  • Refresh their understanding of their role in the coordinated countywide disaster response.
  • Work with COAD Unit Leads.
  • Practice receiving Resource Requests from the Emergency Operations Center.
For planning purposes, registration will be required.  A flyer with registration information will be distributed the first week of April to the Whatcom County COAD Member Organizations.

March 2015 Speaker Series Presentation

On March 17, 2015 we heard from the Whatcom Education Spay & Neuter Impact Program (WeSNiP) on how they assist low income pet owners, trap, transport, and spay and neuter feral cats, free-roaming cats, pet cats, and pet dogs.  WeSNiP shared how their program can assist with the management of cats and dogs in a disaster situation.

Friday, February 13, 2015

February 2015 Speaker Series Presentation

Join us at the next COAD meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 where we will continue with the COAD Speaker Series. This meeting will be held at the new Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  We will hear from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program coordinator.  CERT is training which should allow individuals to better prepare for and respond to disasters.  For organizations, CERT trained people should be able to more quickly return to duty because they have done some preparation and are comfortable that their families and loved ones are OK following the event.

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presenter: Robert Jacobson, Program Coordinator

Location: 3888 Sound Way, Bellingham WA 98226

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

First COAD Meeting of 2015

It is time for our first COAD meeting of 2015 on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 where we will continue with the COAD Speaker Series and discuss plans for the year. This meeting will be held at the new Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, note the new meeting time. We will hear from Whatcom Unified Emergency Management and learn how this organization coordinates and supports disaster and incident management through mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Presenter: Kent Catlin, Deputy Director
Location: 3888 Sound Way, Bellingham WA 98226

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Airport Disaster Exercise Needs Volunteers

(Bellingham, WA) The Bellingham International Airport is conducting an airport disaster training exercise.  The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County is looking for volunteers to help at this one day only training exercise.  To find out more information on how you can volunteer for this training exercise, click here.   

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Open House - Friday, July 18th

You are invited to attend the
Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center

Open House

3888 Sound Way, Bellingham, WA

Friday, July 18, 2014

10:00 Gathering

10:15 Welcome and Remarks

~Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws

~Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville

~Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo

~Bellingham Fire Chief, Bill Newbold

~Port of Bellingham Real Estate Director, Shirley McFearin

10:50 Ribbon Cutting

11:00 Refreshments / Self-Guided Tours

**Parking is provided by the Port of Bellingham. 

**Please park in the lot west of the Center. Signage and attendants will be on hand.

Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center is a partnership with Whatcom County, the City of Bellingham, and the Port of Bellingham.  This unique center stands ready to provide the base for multiagency coordination in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters affecting Whatcom County.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

April 15th COAD Meeting Summary

April 15, 2014

Attendees:  Hollie Moe (Volunteer Center/RSVP), Mallory Graving (Saturna Capital), John Lieberherr (Whatcom County Search & Rescue Council), Chalice Dew-Johnson (WCSO-DEM/WUEM)

COAD Speaker Series Presenter - Hollie Moe, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Director, with the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County.  Hollie gave an excellent presentation on who the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County is, what types of services and programs they provide, and how they engage and provide support in times of disasters.
New Business: 
·            Mallory Graving is still waiting to receive confirmations from a couple Speaker Series presenters for this next round of presentations.  Once she has those confirmations, she plans to complete the Speaker Series flyer for the months of May, June, July and September.  COAD is not holding a meeting in August, therefore there is no speaker scheduled for that month. 
·            Chalice Dew-Johnson plans to add links to the COAD blog for the Speaker Series presentations from January, February, March and April.  She still needs to collect 2 of the 4 presentations and get some technical support to make this happen. 

 Next Meeting: May 20th 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm