This morning, emergency agencies, schools, and residents will participate in the Great Washington Shakeout.
At 10:17am during The Great Shakeout Exercise, many schools and businesses will be evacuating toward their assigned assembly areas.
The event will be the largest earthquake exercise in the world with the entire West Coast of the United States participating.
The Grays Harbor and Pacific County AHAB sirens will all be activated as part of the test, with the actual tsunami tone, followed by a voice message. Residents are invited to use this time to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as if it were a real emergency.
It will differ from the routine monthly testing that occurs on the first Monday of each month since it will broadcast a tone for the full three minute warning instead of the Westminster chimes.
Both the Grays Harbor and Pacific County Emergency Management offices will be testing the County Wide Disaster Notification System as well in connection to this test. Calls will go out today in Pacific County, and Tuesday in Grays Harbor, to all who have voluntarily signed up for the notifications.
All who are currently in the system should receive a phone call, e-mail and text message, testing the system.
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management warns drivers to be alert and protect our children and other citizens as they practice moving to higher ground. Drive slower than normal and remain alert during this event because many groups may be crossing streets as part of the exercise.
State officials hope more than 1 million people will participate in Washington. As of this morning, 866,000 people were registered for the drill in the state, almost 7,000 in Grays Harbor and almost 5,000 in Pacific County.