Emergency Management

Pierce County EOC closes
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 17th, 2012 at 8:57 AM

With  only minimal damage reported, sporadic power outages  and  several roads closed in the County, the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center returned to Level 1 operations at 9 a.m. Monday, as the high winds started to die down. Level 1 means the duty officer will continue to monitor the situation.

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Pierce County EOC opens
Posted By Kristin Tinsley on Dec 17th, 2012 at 4:29 AM

At 4 a.m. Monday, the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center opened in response to the December Windstorm. The EOC is staffed at a level two – basic staffing.

To reach the Pierce County EOC, call 253-798-7470. More information to follow.

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Power outage safety considerations
Posted By Kristin Tinsley on Dec 14th, 2012 at 4:06 PM

The winter storm season increases the likelihood of experiencing power outages. With the potential for power outages, it is important to be aware of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is emitted from burning almost anything inside your house. It is colorless, odorless gas which can go undetected until it is too late.

To avoid potential carbon monoxide poisoning, follow these tips:
• DO NOT burn charcoal inside homes, tents, campers, vans, trucks, garages, or mobile homes.
• DO NOT burn charcoal in the fireplace in your home.
• DO NOT use any gasoline-powered equipment indoors.
• DO NOT use a gas oven to heat your home, even for a short time.
• DO NOT idle a car in a garage, even when the garage door is open.
• DO NOT sleep in a room while using an unvented kerosene heater.

Always DO these things:
• Make sure that chimneys and flues are in good condition and are not blocked.
• Have oil and gas appliances, fireplaces, and wood stoves checked every year by a trained professional.
• Every home should have a battery operated carbon monoxide alarm, but this should not replace the other prevention steps.

What should you do if you think someone has been poisoned by carbon monoxide?
• Move the person to a place with fresh air immediately.
• Call 911 if the person has lost consciousness (fainted or passed out).
• If the person did not lose consciousness take the person to an emergency room and tell them that you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide fact sheets can be found online on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Website in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, and Vietnamese.  Visit Pierce County Department of Emergency Management’s Website for information on personal preparedness: www.piercecountywa.org/prepare.

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Monthly test of lahar sirens
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 3rd, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Today at noon, Emergency Management will conduct its monthly test of the 17 outdoor lahar warning sirens in the Puyallup River Valley.

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Road condition update
Posted By Kristin Tinsley on Nov 19th, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Pierce County Public Works and Utilities reports heavy rains and strong winds are expected to last into the early evening. Crews will continue to clear drain inlets and tree debris from roads.

So far, they have received 56 reports about roads affected by localized flooding and/or downed trees. About 20 sites currently have water over the roadway.

Check out this map to see Road Operations response activity: http://matterhorn.co.pierce.wa.us/emergencyinformation/map.htm

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