Topic: Safety

Shaw Wins First Place for Video

Written on October 18, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

The stu­dents at the Shaw Island School recent­ly won first place in a statewide con­test pro­mot­ing earth­quake pre­pared­ness and safe­ty. Spon­sored by the Cas­ca­dia Region­al Earth­quake Work­group, the com­pe­ti­tion solicit­ed videos from schools across Wash­ing­ton. Timed to pro­mote the Great Shake Out earth­quake drill, this is the sec­ond year of the con­test, and the sec­ond  Con­tin­ue Reading

2018 Great Washington Shakeout

Written on October 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

It’s just one week until the 2018 Great Wash­ing­ton Shake­out earth­quake drill on Octo­ber 18th. You can join the grow­ing num­ber of islanders who are prepar­ing for “the big one” by sign­ing up online. It’s quick and easy to do at: So far, more than 700 peo­ple in the islands are involved. This includes  Con­tin­ue Reading

Test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System

Written on October 2, 2018 at 6:05 am, by

IMPORTANT: At approx­i­mate­ly 11:20am PST on Wednes­day Octo­ber 3rd, FEMA will con­duct the first ever NATIONWIDE test of the Wire­less Emer­gency Alert (WEA) and Emer­gency Alert Sys­tem (EAS). This means that all cell phones that are turned on, with­in range of a tow­er, and whose car­ri­er par­tic­i­pates in WEA will make a loud buzz and  Con­tin­ue Reading

Burn Permits Go On Sale October 1

Written on September 28, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Burn sea­son is right around the cor­ner and the San Juan Coun­ty Fire Marshal’s Office and the San Juan Coun­ty Fire Chiefs Asso­ci­a­tion would like to remind you of a few things to improve the safe­ty of your burn­ing this sea­son. Burn­ing rules apply to all burns in San Juan Coun­ty and a per­mit is  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Keep On Truckin’

Written on September 17, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Island Senior is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update, writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae… One of the most crit­i­cal com­po­nents of main­tain­ing hap­pi­ness and health as we get old­er is stay­ing mobile and not falling down. Regard­ing that, I have some good news and I have some some bad news. The good news is  Con­tin­ue Reading

Burn Risk Level Changed to Moderate

Written on September 13, 2018 at 5:38 am, by

The recent rains have result­ed in San Juan Coun­ty mov­ing the fire risk lev­el to Mod­er­ate. This does not change the sta­tus of burn­ing in the coun­ty, it is mere­ly a risk lev­el mod­i­fi­ca­tion that reflects fuel mois­ture lev­els ris­ing.  Camp­fires remain allowed in San Juan Coun­ty.  Res­i­den­tial burn­ing remains closed until the expect­ed open­ing  Con­tin­ue Reading

September is Preparedness Month in San Juan County!

Written on September 8, 2018 at 6:30 am, by

From Bren­dan Cow­an, Direc­tor, San Juan Coun­ty Depart­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment… While emer­gency pre­pared­ness is a year round respon­si­bil­i­ty for all islanders, the San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil recent­ly pro­claimed Sep­tem­ber as “Pre­pared­ness Month” in San Juan Coun­ty. “This is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to remind every­one who spends time in the islands that many of the things we love most about being here also  Con­tin­ue Reading

Meet and Greet the Candidates for Fire Dept Chief Position

Written on September 8, 2018 at 6:20 am, by

From Jamie Mount­ford PIO SJIFD… After over 35 years with the depart­ment, San Juan Island Fire Chief Brad Creesy is retir­ing at the end of Octo­ber. The com­mu­ni­ty is invit­ed to an evening recep­tion to meet the five final­ists being con­sid­ered for the posi­tion. This infor­mal meet and greet oppor­tu­ni­ty will be Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 16 from 5–7 P.M.  Con­tin­ue Reading