Topic: Safety

Land Bank Preserves Closed due to Severe Weather

Written on November 16, 2021 at 11:05 am, by

The Con­ser­va­tion Land Bank’s Turtle­back Moun­tain, Judd Cove and Coho Pre­serves on Orcas Island sus­tained heavy dam­age from last weekend’s record rain­fall. Although staff are pri­or­i­tiz­ing safe­­ty-relat­ed repairs to roads and trails, please expect minor dis­rup­tions. Some repairs may take months and some impacts will be last­ing. In par­tic­u­lar, the cul­vert under Wil­drose Lane just  Con­tin­ue Reading

Several State Highways in Whatcom and Skagit Counties Closed due to Flooding

Written on November 15, 2021 at 5:13 pm, by

BURLINGTON — Record rain­fall caused flood­ing in sev­er­al parts of What­com and Skag­it coun­ties, forc­ing clo­sures of sev­er­al state high­ways. Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion crews worked through the week­end and con­tin­ue to work to clear fall­en trees and rock­slides, but in some areas such as along State Route 20 between Cas­ca­dia Farms (MP 98) to  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on November 15, 2021 at 5:08 pm, by

San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil Spe­cial Meet­ing — Declar­ing State of Emer­gency The San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil will hold a spe­cial meet­ing on Tues­day, Novem­ber 16, 2021, at 8 am, to con­sid­er a Res­o­lu­tion declar­ing a State of Emer­gency.  The severe weath­er sys­tem that passed over San Juan Coun­ty on Novem­ber 14th and 15th, 2021, dropped a  Con­tin­ue Reading

Road Conditions Update

Written on November 15, 2021 at 12:53 pm, by

Extreme­ly heavy rains have fall­en across the islands over the last 24 hours, caus­ing a wide range of impacts to San Juan Coun­ty roads and infra­struc­ture. Pub­lic Works crews from both the Coun­ty and the Town of Fri­day Har­bor have been respond­ing since late last night. Orcas Island in par­tic­u­lar has expe­ri­enced a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant  Con­tin­ue Reading

Be Careful Out There!

Written on November 15, 2021 at 9:11 am, by

This just came in from SJC Dept. of Emer­gency Man­age­ment… Heavy rain is caus­ing chal­leng­ing con­di­tions on island roads. Dri­ve with extreme cau­tion and expect water and/or debris in roads. Point Lawrence Road on Orcas is washed out just past Doe Bay Resort (pic­ture above). Pub­lic Works, Emer­gency Man­age­ment, and Orcas Island Fire & Res­cue are  Con­tin­ue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Orientation/Training

Written on November 8, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

Friends, it’s that time of year, where the “sug­ges­tion” of very cold weath­er is loud and clear! We are hop­ing to put togeth­er a team of vol­un­teers to open the Severe Weath­er Shel­ter this year. Can you come to an Orientation/Training? It’s on Sat­ur­day, N0vember 13 from 9am to 11am at Islands Com­mu­ni­ty Church. (that’s at  Con­tin­ue Reading

Lifesaving Effort by Members of the Public on October 11th

Written on November 3, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Dave Kin­na­man and Joe Davis for their life­sav­ing efforts on Octo­ber 11, 2021. When a vis­i­tor to the store col­lapsed out­side Mar­ket­place in Fri­day Har­bor their quick action to ini­ti­ate CPR helped save a life. Med­ical Pro­gram Direc­tor Joshua Cor­sa, M.D., along with crews from San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue and San Juan  Con­tin­ue Reading

SJI Fire & Rescue is Seeking Volunteers

Written on November 3, 2021 at 5:38 am, by

Become a Vol­un­teer Emer­gency Respon­der with San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue  San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue (SJIF&R) is seek­ing vol­un­teers to join our com­pre­hen­sive emer­gency ser­vices agency, in a num­ber of roles to serve our islands’ com­mu­ni­ties. Become part of an emer­gency ser­vices orga­ni­za­tion with a cul­ture of team­work and cama­raderie, focused on  Con­tin­ue Reading