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Public Sign-up for Emergency Alert - AlertSense

            Island County is able to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice mail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences. It is important that we collect this contact information because many households no longer utilize traditional land-based telephone lines (Click here to view the Public Registration flyer).

The system is intended to be used for emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incidents that may have significant impacts to residents. Emergency Alerts could be related to specific hazards that require some kind of action be taken such as evacuation, shelter in place, boil water orders, etc. Non-emergency alerts could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts or significant ongoing police or fire activity. This list is not meant to be all inclusive, and demonstrates that this system will not be used for routine information. In addition to receiving information on your wireless device, you may also receive notification on your land telephone line (if you have one) depending on the type of incident or event. You can sign up by following the following link: http://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?regionid=1137

There is also a mobile app, myAlerts, powered by AlertSense, the county's emergency alerting service.   Our residents and visitors can now receive life-saving emergency alerts and advanced warning of severe weather directly on their Android or Apple iOS phone or tablet (Click here to view the AlertSense Mobile App flyer). 

Types of Alerts You Can Choose to Receive:

Severe Weather Alerts
Receive advanced warning of severe weather when you or one of your locations is in the direct path of the storm.  AlertSense receives feeds from the National Weather Service, automatically interprets the geographic area affected, and delivers targeted alerts immediately to app users when one of their locations falls within the impact area.   You can tailor your alert settings by location, selecting the severity level for which you want to receive notifications.  For example, you can choose to receive only the most severe weather warnings or all watches and advisories as well.

Public Safety Alerts
Receive emergency alerts from public safety alerting authorities, notifying you of situations that threaten the safety of yourself or those you care about.  Public safety alerts include events such as crime, active shooter, imminent danger, hazardous materials, wildfire, floods and the need for immediate evacuation.

Community Notifications
You can also choose to receive notifications of events in your community that, while not life-threatening emergencies, still impact your daily life and commute, such as road closures and power outages.

My Locations: 

Simply add all the locations that matter to you, both within the county and even in other parts of the country.   For example, you could identify your home, your child's school, where your aging parent resides, the university where your older child attends, and your office.   When you travel, you can enable the app to "monitor my current location" in order to receive any emergency alerts issued for the city or area you are visiting.   

You can download the free myAlerts app today from the Google Play Store or the App Store. 


Radio Stations

            For a major event, Island County DEM will send alerts through the Emergency Alert System. This message goes to all of the media outlets throughout the region as well as the National Weather Service. The geographic locations are determined by Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) codes. At a minimum, I will typically send it to all counties in the Central and Northern Puget Sound region. The radio and television stations will then immediately broadcast the alert across their respective outlets. It will also broadcast on NOAA Weather radios. There are two radio stations licensed to Oak Harbor, WA.

  • AM KRPA 1110 (Oak Harbor)
  • FM KXIR 89.9 (Freeland) 
  • FM KMCQ 103.3 (Oak Harbor) 

These are not the only stations that broadcast Island County emergency alerts. The alerts go to all stations in the region.


Television Stations

            As with the Radio Stations, Island County DEM Emergency Alerts are sent to the regions television stations as well. Like the radio stations, broadcast engineers are required to listen for EAS Alerts based on the FIPS codes entered. When the alerts go to the Central Puget Sound Region it includes:

  • Comcast
  • Click

Island County DEM utilizes Public Access channels to provide additional information to the community.

NOAA Weather Radio: (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/)

            Every home should have a NOAA weather radio. It is the surest way to receive all-hazards alerts and warnings as well as the latest local forecasts. Ensure that your radio has a Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) receiver. This allows you to set your radio to receive specific watches and warnings for your area without being bother by those not relevant to you. Island County is located within the Puget Sound transmitter area. The call sign is WWG-24 and the frequency is 162.425 MHz. (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/coverage/site2.php?State=WA&Site=WWG24 ).


Social Media

            We often "tweet "information. We try and limit it to important information but experts in the Public Information field tell me that you need post frequently to keep followers so the pace may pick up. Our account/handle is:

Twitter:  @IC_DEM


Island County Preparedness Phone App:

            Island County DEM now has a mobile phone app that will provide valuable tools for Island County Citizens to prepare for emergencies and disasters. To download the app go to:

http://readydl.com/island-county

Some of the features include:

  • Share your status with your selected contacts with the push of a button.
  • Receive critical emergency alerts via push notification.
  • Locate Island County's emergency shelters.
  • Display up-to-date evacuation route maps.
  • Get the latest news and weather for the Island County area.
  • Report Damage or Hazards
  • Create a personalized Emergency Preparedness Plan by answering five basic questions.

Once Your Plan is generated, it is stored on your smartphone and can easily be shared with family members and friends. Your Plan comprises:

  • An Emergency Supply Kit Checklist tailored to your needs.
  • A Customized Emergency Food Supply Shopping List.
  • An Emergency Communications Plan to notify your loved ones of your status
  • Critical information to prepare your home for impending disaster.

Learn about the various emergency situations that Island County, Washington residents are most likely to face in five integrated eGuides:

  • Emergency Preparedness for People with Functional Needs
  • Emergency Preparedness for Pet Owners
  • Emergency Preparedness for Children
  • Earthquakes
  • Winter Storms

Weather Information

National Weather Service

Forecasts: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=SEW&textField1=47.6218&textField2=-122.35&e=1#.WJK3ImozUqM

Mobile Weather: http://mobile.weather.gov/index.php?lat=48.21454939214186&lon=-122.68607882857441

Loading Weather.gov on your mobile device: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/mobilephone.html


Communication Hubs

            If power is out throughout the county and cell towers are damaged, we will need utilize other means to keep the community informed. We will be utilizing information boards throughout the county as well as posting information at public buildings. We are also working on establishing official Communication Hubs around the county. These will be places where residents can go to receive important information related to situational awareness, assistance, and recovery. It can also be a means for DEM to collect information related to damage assessments. It will be a direct link to and from DEM. Trained volunteers will be manning these positions. The details are still being developed but so far the public libraries have been identified as suitable locations.

            Neighborhoods can also establish their own community Communication Hubs. These are simply a place for neighbors to gather and share information with each other. It can be as simple as a table, a bulletin board, and a NOAA weather radio.  Amateur radios can add even more capability to these hubs.


Important Numbers:

Emergency/Response Agencies:

Island County Department of Emergency Management:

  • 24 Hr. Emergency:  911
  • Non-Emergency/Business:  (360) 240-5572
  • Email:  dem@co.island.wa.us
  • Website: 
www.islandcountywa.gov/dem

Emergencies:  9-1-1

Call Before You Dig:  8-1-1

Travel and Road Information:  5-1-1

Human Services (Basic Human Needs):  2-1-1

Telephone Directory Assistance:  4-1-1

Police

  • Emergency:  911
  • Seven Digit Emergency/Non-Emergency
    • North Whidbey:  678-6116
    • South Whidbey:  321-4400
    • Camano Island:  629-2224
  • Island County Sheriff Administrative
    • Camano Office: (360) 629-4523 x 7310
    • North Whidbey: (360) 678-4422
    • South Whidbey: (360) 321-5113 x 7310
  • Oak Harbor Police Department Administrative: (360) 279-4600
  • Coupeville Marshal Administrative: (360) 678-4461 x 1
  • Langley Police Department Administrative: (360) 221-4433

Fire

  • Emergency:  911
  • Seven Digit Emergency/Non-Emergency
    • North Whidbey:  678-6116
    • South Whidbey:  321-4400
    • Camano Island:  629-2224
  • Camano Island Fire and Rescue Administrative: (360) 387-1512
  • North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Administrative: (360) 675-1131
  • Oak Harbor Fire Department Administrative: (360) 279-4700
  • Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue Administrative: (360) 678-3602
  • South Whidbey Fire and EMS Administrative: (360) 321-1533
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Whidbey Health

Poison Control

Utilities:

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Natural Gas

Propane

 

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