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


Summary:
WHATCOM COAD MEETING
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

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

March 18th COAD Meeting Summary

Summary:
WHATCOM COAD MEETING
March 18, 2014
 
Attendees: Mavis Dalzell (Red Cross), Chalice Dew-Johnson (WCSO-DEM/WUEM), Kristina Glasgow (Northwest Regional Council), Hollie Moe (Volunteer Center/RSVP), Noriko Lao (Red Cross, Garden Street United Methodist Church), Wallace Kost (WSCO-DEM), Mallory Graving (Saturna Capital), Sherin Vanderyacht (Pacific Surveying and Engineering), Tom Schultz( CSS Communication), Mario Bonilla (LDS), George Edward (WECU), Nicole Enslow (CHS), Patrick Hurley (Downtown Bellingham Partnership), Bertella Hansen (Ferndale Downtown), Russ Westin (Grange).
 
COAD Speaker Series Presenter Mallory Graving from Saturna Capital gave an excellent presentation on Preparedness for Small Businesses.  A summary of her presentation will be posted on the COAD blog.
 
New Business:
·            The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) made calls to the COAD member organizations for two reasons: 1) to invite COAD members to be a speaker for the next round of the COAD speaker series presentations and 2) to offer an opportunity for COAD member organizations to host an individual and family preparedness session.  Hollie Moe reported that RSVP was not able to schedule any individual and family preparedness sessions, however there was success in scheduling speakers for the speaker series presentations at our COAD meetings.  So far, we have The Bellingham Ambulatory Service for May, the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) for June, WESNIP for July and Washington State Animal Response Team for September.  If no one else contacts us about Oct and Nov, the Red Cross and Whatcom Unified Emergency Management (WUEM) will take those months.  

·            The LDS is planning a Preparedness Workshop in September.  LDS invited all COAD members to participate in the workshop and would like COAD members to have preparedness booths if they are interested.   Both the Red Cross and WUEM plan to participate.  It was suggested that we reach out to our COAD member Animal Groups and invite them to participate.   

Next Meeting: April 15th 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Friday, March 7, 2014

February 18th COAD Meeting Summary


Summary:
WHATCOM COAD MEETING
February 18, 2014

Attendees: Mavis Dalzell (Red Cross), Chalice Dew-Johnson (WCSO/WUEM), Kristina Glasgow (Northwest Regional Council), Hollie Moe (Whatcom Volunteer Center), Noriko Lo (Red Cross, Garden Street United Methodist Church), Wayne Chaudiere (Whatcom Conservation District), Don Chumley (COAD), Wallace Kost (WSCO), Mallory Graving (Saturna Capital), Brian Lawler (ACS)

Brian Lawler from the Whatcom County Auxiliary Community Service gave an excellent presentation. A summary of his notes will be posted on the COAD blog.
New Business:
 
Holly suggested that she have volunteers call our COAD members to see if they want to do a presentation for our Speaker Series and also to see if they are interested in a Preparedness Workshop. We agreed that this was a good idea. She will coordinate with Chalice on the wording to give her volunteers for their calls.

There was a discussion on how to increase the attendance at our Speaker Series. Since our next speaker is Saturna Capital, Mavis is going to call Patrick Hurley and see if he will spread the word to the Bellingham business community and Chalice is going to contact the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce.

Next Meeting: March 18th 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm