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When to Call 9-1-1

and when not to! It is important to know when you should or should not call.

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Prepare, Be Ready

and get involved! Learn how to be prepared for an emergency.

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Local Flooding Road Closures

We are starting to see some local flooding on the west side of the county. As a reminder, please do not drive through water covered roadways.

We are working on an updated list of closures…

Clark County:

Old Pacific Highway between La Center and Woodland) as of 2:30 pm (Long-term due to washout)


City of Ridgefield:

Ridgefield Road Closure Map 

WSDOT Road Closure Map

To report water on roadways if not an emergency please call the following numbers:

Clark County Public Works – 360-397-2446
City of Vancouver Public Works – 360-487-8177
City of Battle Ground Public Works – 360-342-5350
City of La Center Public Works – 360-852-5177
City of Washougal Public Works- 360-835-2662
City of Ridgefield Public Works – 360-887-8251
City of Camas Public Works – 360-817-1563

Sand Bag Locations Throughout Clark County

Sandbag Locations In Clark County

Below are confirmed locations of sandbag fill locations throughout the county if needed. 

Clark County:

  • 78th Street Operations Center 4700 NE 78th St.   PLEASE only take what you need, not what you might need.  (BYOS)

City of Battle Ground:

  • The City of Battle Ground is providing self-service sand and sand bags for city residents at the Public Works Ops Center located at 1308 SE Grace Ave.

City of Camas:

  • Sand and sand bags are available for Camas residents here:   Camas Operations Center, 1620 SE 8th Avenue  or 4010 NW Astor Street

City of Ridgefield:

  • Sand and empty Sandbags will be available for self-service at Abram’s Park.

City of Washougal:

  • Public Works Operations Center 2201 C Street  or 2300 Block of North L Street  8am-4:30 pm

City of Vancouver:

The City of Vancouver has set up small, temporary sand/sand bags stations station (Must bring your own shovel!)  just outside the perimeter fencing of the locations listed below for Vancouver residents and businesses concerned about localized flooding potentially affecting their property.

  • East Fourth Plain Boulevard, east of General Anderson/Dairy Queen, near the site of the former Golden Skate building.

BYOS = Bring Your Own Shovel

Sand and Sandbags Available if Needed

Over the past 24 hours as the National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for the Portland Metro Region, including Clark County.  Our 9-1-1 and Emergency Management Divisions have been getting calls regarding locations for sand and sandbags if they are so needed by residents.   

Below is a list of where Sand and Sandbags can be located in Clark County if you need them.  

Clark County:

  • 78th Street Operations Center 4700 NE 78th St.   PLEASE only take what you need, not what you might need.

City of Battle Ground:

  • The City of Battle Ground is providing self-service sand and sand bags for city residents at the Public Works Ops Center located at 1308 SE Grace Ave.

City of Camas:

  • Sand and sand bags are available for Camas residents here:   Camas Operations Center, 1620 SE 8th Avenue  or 4010 NW Astor Street

City of Ridgefield:

  • Sand and empty Sandbags will be available for self-service at Abram’s Park.

City of Washougal:

  • Public Works Operations Center 2201 C Street  or 2300 Block of North L Street  8am-4:30 pm

City of Vancouver:

The City of Vancouver has set up temporary sand/sand bags stations (BYOS*) just outside the perimeter fencing of the locations listed below.

  • East Fourth Plain Boulevard, east of General Anderson/Dairy Queen, near the site of the former Golden Skate building.
  • East Public Works Operations (English Pit), 912 NE 192nd Avenue

BYOS = Bring Your Own Shovel

Please note: The sand and bags are being made available for Vancouver residents and businesses concerned about localized flooding potentially affecting their property.

The National Weather Service advised a flood watch in effect from late Monday (12/17/18) through Wednesday Afternoon (12/19/18) for Clark County and the surrounding region.  Periods of heavy rain starting Monday Afternoon through Tuesday will result in sharp rises on many rivers and creeks in SW Washington, and minor flooding is possible.  Rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches in the in the Cascades.  1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain are expected across inland valleys.  Heavy rains over a 12-18 hr window along with gusty winds are likely.

29 Years Later

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the  1989 Loma Prieta Quake that happened in Northern California.  I remember exactly where I was that night as we were tuned in the watch the World Series “Battle of the Bay.”    The quake registered as a 6.9 shock responsible for 63 deaths and 3,757 injuries.  It caused the collapse of a double decker freeway structure in Oakland, California.  Liquefaction was also a significant issue, especially in the heavily damaged Marina District of San Francisco.  For emergency managers, this is good reminder of the importance of being prepared and what can happen here.

In the past few years, here in the Pacific Northwest, we have talked extensively about our own risk for earthquakes, primarily a Cascadia Subduction Zone quake which historically has caused an 8.0 or higher quake when the fault releases.  Currently we are within the “window of time” of this fault line releasing what would be a chatostrophic event.

Everyone know’s about Cascadia’s cousin in California: the San Andreas Fault.  Its been a movie star for years.  The truth is, San Andreas is a lightweight compared with Cascadia…. and a completely different type of fault line.  San Andreas is a transform fault meaning two plates are “rubbing” up against each other and slip against one another.   The Cascadia fault line has the Explorer, Juan de Fuca and the Gorda Plates sliding east and under the  the North American Plate.  As this happens, the lip of the Northern American Plate catches on those plates slipping underneath until… it finally springs back releasing energy 30 times that of the San Andreas.

However this is not the only fault line we have in the Portland metro area.  On the Washington side of the river, we have the Lacamas Lake Fault line which according to the USGS could cause a 6.7 magnitude quake.   There is also the Portland Hills Fault line which according to USGS could cause a 7.0 quake.  These two fault lines are similar to the San Andreas and could cause the same type of damage.

Tomorrow is the Great Washington Shakeout, where we take a moment to practice what to do in during an earthquake.  We encourage you to join us:  Drop, Cover and Hold On until the shaking stops.  Being prepared, and having the knoweldge to know how to survive an earthquake can mean the difference and save your life.

Cooling Center Options

 The following is a list of Cooling Centers in and around the area. Locations and hours are posted for your convenience:


Stay Cool! Beat the Heat.

Firstenburg Community Center
700 N.E. 136th Ave.
360-487-7001

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Marshall Community Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
360-487-7100

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Water Resources Education Center
4600 S.E. Columbia Way
360-487-7111

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Firstenberg Tower Lobby 

400 NE Mother Joseph Pl #201, Vancouver

Hours: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Battle Ground Cooling Centers: 

Battle Ground Community Center

912 East Main Street Battle Ground

Hours: 8 am – 3 pm

Camas

Camas Library is available until 8:00 pm during the week.

25 NE 4th Ave Camas, WA

Washougal 

City Hall:

Hours  –  Monday – Friday:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Washougal Library:  Wednesday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Washougal Community Center: M-Th 9-3 and Friday 4-6

 

Remember to avoid extenuous activity during the hottest times of the day!

Heat related illnesses:

Although any one can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on Infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, and those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.


Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Warning signs of heat stroke may include a body temperature above 103°F; red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating); rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness.If you see any of these signs, have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim. Place the victim in a tub of cool water or in a cool shower, or spray the victim with cool water from a garden hose. Do not give the victim fluids to drink.Less severe heat related illnesses include heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Signs are heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, headache and vomiting. Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or last more than an hour.Heat cramps usually affect people who sweat a lot during strenuous activity. This sweating depletes the body’s salt and moisture. The low salt level in the muscles causes painful cramps.

 

In Portland, go to Help When it’s Hot

Updated Hot Weather information and Cooling Centers

As you’ve likely seen (and felt), the temperatures are on the rise in and around the Vancouver area.   National Weather Service’s Excessive Heat Warning, it’s a good time to review best practices.  The following is a guide to follow during heat-related events:

In Vancouver and surrounding cities, some community locations

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for most of this weekend for the entire region, including all of Clark County.  Temperatures will range from the mid-90s to the upper-90’s at lower elevations. Excessive heat advisory in effect from 2:00 pm Monday to 11:00 pm Tuesday for the greater Portland and Vancouver Metro area, the lower Columbia River and the Western and Central Columbia River Gorge.

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. This can create a situation in which heat related illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sunshine, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Hot weather tips: 

Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar. These actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

  •      Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  •      NEVER leave anyone, especially children or pets, in a closed, parked vehicle.
  •      Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
  •       Infants and young children
  •        People aged 65 or older
  •       People who have a mental illness
  •      Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
  •       Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  •       Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching

 The following is a list of Cooling Centers in and around the area. Locations and hours are posted for your convenience:


Stay Cool! Beat the Heat.

Firstenburg Community Center
700 N.E. 136th Ave.
360-487-7001

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Marshall Community Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
360-487-7100

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Water Resources Education Center
4600 S.E. Columbia Way
360-487-7111

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Firstenberg Tower Lobby 

400 NE Mother Joseph Pl #201, Vancouver

Hours: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Battle Ground Cooling Centers: 

Battle Ground Community Center

912 East Main Street Battle Ground

Hours: 8 am – 3 pm

Camas

Camas Library is available until 8:00 pm during the week.

25 NE 4th Ave Camas, WA

Washougal 

City Hall:

Hours  –  Monday – Friday:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Washougal Library:  Wednesday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Washougal Community Center: M-Th 9-3 and Friday 4-6

Avoid prolonged exposure to sun during the hottest time of the day

Heat related illnesses:

Although any one can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on Infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, and those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.

Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Warning signs of heat stroke may include a body temperature above 103°F; red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating); rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness.

If you see any of these signs, have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim. Place the victim in a tub of cool water or in a cool shower, or spray the victim with cool water from a garden hose. Do not give the victim fluids to drink.

Less severe heat related illnesses include heat exhaustion and heat cramps. Signs are heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, headache and vomiting. Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or last more than an hour.

Heat cramps usually affect people who sweat a lot during strenuous activity. This sweating depletes the body’s salt and moisture. The low salt level in the muscles causes painful cramps.

In Portland, go to Help When it’s Hot

Reported Multi-State Comcast Outage

UPDATE 6/29/2018  2:40 pm.  We have been notified that Comcast is restoring service.  At this time we have no answer from Comcast regarding what caused the outage.  Thank you.

 

06/29/2018 11:20 am -There is a reported  multi-state issue impacting Comcast VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) including the Vancouver/Portland Metro Region.

 

  • 911 Systems in Clark County are functioning properly.

 

  • The impact is to Comcast VOIP Customers only and affects both non-emergency and 911 calls.  Other carrier systems, including cell phones and landlines are working.

 

  • If you are a Comcast VOIP Customer and cannot get through to 911 use a cell phone or landline to call 911

 

  • Please do not call 911 to test your lines.

 

We have no additional information at this time. CRESA will send another press release when the system is restored.

Celebrating the 4th of July… Safely and Neighborly

 

The Fourth of July is a big deal here in Clark County and across the country as many love to celebrate Independence Day with lavish fireworks displays. As fireworks go on sale this week in Clark County, people often will call 911 to help resolve issues and ask questions.

As a reminder, please do NOT call 911 to report fireworks violations unless there is a fire, an injury or someone is recklessly using fireworks putting lives in danger.  We wanted to share answers to some of the most frequent questions we get here at CRESA 911:

When are they legal??

  • June 28th, Noon- 11p.m.:  North of 219th St in Unincorporated Clark County, Amboy, Battle Ground,  Ridgefield, Woodland and Yacolt.
  • June 29th – July 3rd, 9a.m.-11p.m.: North of 219th St in Unincorporated Clark County, Amboy, Battle Ground,  Ridgefield, Woodland and Yacolt. (10am-10pm in LaCenter)
  • July 4th,  9 a.m. until midnight:  Everywhere except  La Center (10am-11pm) and within the City of  Vancouver (all fireworks are illegal.)
  • July 5th:  9a.m-9p.m.  Ridgefield and Yacolt
    • 9a.m.-11 p.m. Battle Ground and Woodland
  • Clark County provides a handy online chart and interactive map that allows anyone with an online device to quickly determine the rules for fireworks based on their address.  Fireworks are Illegal at all times within the Vancouver city limits.  If you’re unsure if you’re in the City of Vancouver, check the website at www.cityofvancouver.us/citylimitsmap.

What about the big noisy ones?  Aren’t they illegal?

Nope. Even the fireworks that rattle your windows and set off your car alarm are legal.  Unless you are within the City of Vancouver, where all fireworks are illegal.

 

What about the ones that shoot clear up into the sky? They must be illegal.

Nope – most of those are legal too. Exception:   If you are within the City of Vancouver, all fireworks are illegal. 

Here is a guide for identifying illegal fireworks and explosives.

Here’s a legal overview of state fireworks regulations..

 

What if someone is shooting fireworks “dangerously”?

It depends on what you mean by dangerously.  Is life or property at risk?  If yes, call 911.

 

My pets and livestock are being traumatized by the noise!

Fireworks can be traumatic for animals.  If your pet has issues with loud noises please contact your vet for solutions to keep them calm.

Here’s a good article about helping your pet cope with fireworks.

 

Do Not Call 911 –

** The same dispatchers that answer 911 answer 311… Please help keep these lines open for immediate emergencies.

  • Because your neighbors are setting off fireworks
  • Because it is 10:30 PM and you need to get up early tomorrow
  • The noise is upsetting your animals
  • If someone is using fireworks illegally within the  Vancouver city limits please call 311 or 360-693-3111.   You will be asked to provide an address or cross streets where fireworks are actively being used.

So when can I call 911?

  • If there is a fire
  • If there is an injury
  • If someone is recklessly using fireworks and putting lives in danger
  • If people are being reckless and putting others in danger

** The same dispatchers that answer 911 answer 311… Please help keep these lines open for immediate emergencies.

 

As a reminder, Fort Vancouver’s Firework Spectacular is  FREE this year. Gates open at 8 a.m with suggested arrival time by 6 p.m.

WDOT will again close the northbound I-5 off-ramp to Mill Plain from 6 p.m. until midnight, and the east and westbound SR 14 off-ramps to Columbia House Boulevard, from 9 p.m. until the end of the fireworks display.

How Should I Dispose of Fireworks?

Clark Public Health has added a great link in how to dispose of both used and unused fireworks.   Please visit www.RecyclingA-Z.com to learn how you can dispose properly of your fireworks.

Text to 911 Outage

UPDATE: Text to 9-1-1 services in Clark County have been restored.

5/18/2018  3:50 pm  We are again experiencing  a reported Text to 9-1-1 Outage in Clark County.  If you need to reach 911 Dispatch, Please Call.

This outage is related to Text to 911 Only, and Voice to 911 is not impacted. Currently if there is not a bounce back message stating your message was unsuccessful.

TTY (Teletypewriter) and Relay Services are still functional and available in the County.

We will notify and update as more information becomes available.

Text to 911 Outage in Clark County

UPDATE:  05/17/2018  10:13 am  All Text to 911 Services have been restored in Clark County.  To learn more about this service please visit CRESA 911- Text to 911

05/17/2018 08:00  There is a Reported Text to 9-1-1 Outage in Clark County.  If you need to reach 911 Dispatch, Please Call.

This outage is related to Text to 911 Only, and Voice to 911 is not impacted. Currently if there is not a bounce back message stating your message was unsuccessful.

TTY (Teletypewriter) and Relay Services are still functional and available in the County.

We will notify and update as more information becomes available.