Emergency Management

Winter Storm Preparedness
Posted By on Dec 11th, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Storm Preparedness

As we approach this winter storm season and track today’s windstorm, Pierce County Emergency Management would like to remind everyone to make sure you and your family are prepared for any event that may occur.  The message of emergency preparedness can be boiled down to one basic reality – be ready to be on your own for a minimum of seven days. Emergency responders can only react to the most severe emergencies in a crisis. People have to be able to rely on themselves, on their families and friends and on their neighbors.

A few important reminders:

-We encourage you to take a few minutes to go through your disaster kit and replenish any supplies.

-Improper use of generators and propane/charcoal grills cause carbon monoxide poisoning and is a leading cause in windstorm-related illness and fatalities.

-Falling trees and blowing debris can cause severe damage to buildings and vehicles and may also cause injuries and fatalities.

 

If you have any questions or for more information on how to prepare you and your family, you can go to our website at www.piercecountywa.org/prepare.

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Road crews ready to respond to windstorm
Posted By on Dec 11th, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Road crews ready to respond to windstorm
Dec. 11, 2014

Pierce County road crews are ready to respond to Thursday’s expected windstorm.

The area could see sustained winds of 20-40 miles per hour Thursday night, with gusts to 60 miles per hour. Windstorms can result in downed trees and debris on county roadways, downed stop and yield signs, traffic signal failures, and power outages and downed power lines.

“We could see significant and widespread tree damage that affects roads and utility lines,” said Bruce Wagner, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities road operations manager. “We will have a contingent of road crews working around the clock to manage life and safety needs, while the bulk of our crews will work during the daylight hours to remove tree debris.”

Pierce County road crews respond during a windstorm to remove downed, leaning or damaged trees and debris along county roads. Priority is given to major arterials and collectors, lifeline emergency routes, Pierce Transit and school bus snow routes, and access roads to highways, freeways, and park and ride lots.

The public can report downed tree or debris blocking the roadway 24 hours a day to the Public Works and Utilities Road Operations Division at www.piercecountywa.org/rfa or (253) 798-6000. The division maintains a map of roadway obstructions here.

Public Works and Utilities also replaces missing or downed stop and yield signs 24 hours a day. Call (253) 531-6990 to report a sign or traffic signal concern. Other types of signs, such as speed limit or street name signs, are replaced during regular business hours.

If a traffic signal is out, traffic should treat the intersection as a four-way stop. The public can report signal outages to (253) 531-6990.

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Pierce County EOC activated
Posted By on Dec 11th, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Pierce County EOC activated

 In response to the wind storm, the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center opened today at 2:30pm.

Visit Pierce County’s Emergency Information Blog for up-to-date emergency information at http://blog.piercecountywa.org/emergency.

MEDIA CONTACT: Pierce County Joint Information Center, (253) 798-7470

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Pierce County EOC closes
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 25th, 2014 at 8:38 PM

The river levels are receding, and Pierce County Emergency Operations Center returned to Level 1 operations at 9 p.m. Tuesday. The duty officer will continue to monitor the situation.

For more information, contact 253-798-7470.

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Updated road closures in Pierce County
Posted By Sheri Badger on Nov 25th, 2014 at 5:37 PM

The following roads have been closed due to water over the roadway:

  • South Prairie Carbon River Road in South Prairie approximately 100 yards north of 157th Street East
  • Houston Road East at the State Route 410 overpass
  • McCutcheon Road East at the 12700 block
  • Spring Site Road East at State Route 162

For more information, contact 253-798-7470.

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