From Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson:
Our emergency operations center opened as of 1200 PM. We have a total of 63 people working today to serve urgent and emergency calls from the public. We called in all of our deputies and command staff to assist with incidents associated with the storm.
It is much easier to send staff home if they are not needed rather than try to locate them to call them in during the storm. We are prepared to deal with whatever this storm throws at us.
We have two operations centers located in South Bend and Long Beach. They are being staffed by members of the Board of County Commissioners, Sheriff’s Office personnel, Pacific County Health Department personnel, Pacific County Department of Community Development, General Administration, employees and elected officials from the cities of South Bend, Long Beach and Ilwaco, and personnel from Fire District 1.
Myself, Director Stephanie Fritts and Deputy Director Scott McDougal are overseeing the centers.
Members from other entities are out on the road or available at other facilities to assist the public. Our deputies have been assigned specific zones or areas to work to help shorten response times to calls for service.
We have been planning for this storm now for the past two days and have our staff available to deploy our resources immediately.
We plan on maintaining full coverage for the duration of the storm. We hope we are not hit as severely as initially predicted, but we are preparing for the worst. Even though at this time the storm appears to be tracking north of us, we suggest all residents and visitors in Pacific County locate a safe location to shelter in place during the storm.
Thank you all for your patience and please be safe.