Snow Event and Roads Update

SITREP 16 – Inclement Weather Response (Current Operations 02/11/19)

a. Washington State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor and by Whatcom County Executive

b. Sudden Valley roads conditions have improved, major roads are passable with caution. SV maintenance is currently plowing connecting roads and will transition to side roads for the remainder of the operational period. It is still strongly advised to only travel if necessary, chains and winter rated tires are highly advised. Updates on SV roads will be posted as the next forecasted snow storm moves into the area, updates to be posted available either on 1610 BECoN emergency information system or contact Sudden Valley Security.

c. Security patrol has resumed normal operations

d. Current weather conditions: overcast sky, winds are calm, temperature 21 degrees. Next round of snow forecasted to start at 3 PM on 02/11/19  forecasted to continue to 02/13/19 till 1 AM. Winter Storm Warning now in place for Whatcom County from 4 PM today till Tuesday at 6 PM

Response – Current Operational Period

a. Response efforts to continue 02/11/19, evaluation to be made by 1 PM to determine when operations will cease

b. Response assets to deploy as per SVCA snow plan, main roads to be addressed to allow for emergency vehicle access, connector roads.

c. Response efforts will consist of plowing an limited use of sand to conserve on hand supplies as much as possible for next forecasted snow storm

Response and Logistics Update

a. Fuel status to be updated at 4 PM report

b. Resupply of sand and granular deicer canceled by vendor. Remaining inventory to be held back for emergency use only.

c. Security patrol resumed normal operations

d. SVCA facilities (Rec Center/Gym) will be closed today. Administrative Offices closed

External Notifications 

a. SWFA; notified

b. Bellingham School District Transportation; school canceled

c. Sudden Valley Amateur Radio (updates on 1610AM BeCon Emergency Info system): notified

d. Community Outlet (SVCA web page): posting to be determined after road conditions are evaluated

Future Plans and Recommendations

a. Continue to monitor weather conditions and roads

b. Update all external notifications om conditions for roads

Amplifying Information

a. All Whatcom CERTs have been placed on alert due to state of emergency in Whatcom County

b. Forecast indicates next snow fall to occur at 4 PM today and continue to 02/13/19 at 1 AM

c. SVCA has cascaded information on community assistance during snow event to membership (see hyperlink for details)

This report to be updated by 02/11/19 by 4 PM or as needed

This our current status for further information please contact