By Doug Dahl
When I tell people I work for the Sheriff’s Office in emergency management the usual response is, “Emergency wha . . .?” Many people don’t even know there is a Division of Emergency Management in the Sheriff’s Office, much less what we do.
Here’s a simple answer to that question: We’re the people that get involved when an event is too big for the capabilities of the responding agency. We handle things like community notification, coordinating multiple response organizations, finding more resources and personnel, and managing the recovery process. Essentially we provide support to responders in the field.
Do we ever have those kinds of emergencies? You bet we do. Here’s a reminder of a few of them:
If you’d like more information about how to prepare for disasters, visit our website at www.whatcomready.org or come see us at the Northwest Washington Fair August 15-20.