Department of Emergency Management
Wildfire Information and Conditions:
Click on the links below to view documents about wildfire preparedness and best practices. Additional information and updates about wildfire conditions can be found at https://www.dnr.wa.gov/programs-and-services/wildfire-resources.
All outdoor burning now banned in Jefferson County
Effective Sept. 7, 2020, Jefferson County Fire Marshal Chief Brian Tracer has extended the original burn ban for the county to include all campfires, fire pits, land clearing burns and the use of charcoal briquettes until further notice.
Current weather reports are predicting above average temperatures, low relative humidity and strong winds, Tracer said.
“In a safe, proactive and responsible approach to the current weather conditions, all burning within Jefferson County is banned until further notice,” Chief Tracer said. Additional information about wildfires can be found at https://www.dnr.wa.gov.
COVID-19/Respiratory Illness Nurse Consult Line:
In response to growing concerns about COVID-19 Jefferson Healthcare launched a dedicated 360-344-3094 to answer specific questions regarding the virus and address exposure concerns. Incoming calls are answered to determine initial individual questions and concerns, nurses will follow up within 24-48 hours to perform detailed evaluation. If individual meets requirements for COVID-19 testing the nurse will schedule an appointment at our dedicated COVID-19/Respiratory Evaluation Station, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The COVID-19/Respiratory Evaluation Station is by appointment only through the Nurse Consult Line. If individuals are experiencing severe respiratory symptoms after hours or can’t wait for a nurse call back they should go to the Emergency Department. We discourage individuals with mild respiratory and cold symptoms from seeking care at the Emergency Department or Express Clinic prior to consulting with the Nurse Consult Line.
Out of an abundance of caution to protect our most medically vulnerable community members, we are discouraging unnecessary visits to the hospital, including the cafeteria until further notice. For our community, preventing the spread of the virus is important and everyone can help. Practice good hand hygiene; stay home from school or work when you feel sick, wash hands often with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
To visit Jefferson Healthcare’s COVID-19 website for information and updates, click here.
Board of County Commissioner Meetings with COVID-19 Updates
At the Board of County Commissioners meetings that take place every Monday morning at 9AM, Dr. Tom Locke, Public Health Officer for Jefferson County, will provide COVID-19 updates. The COVID-19 updates are live-streamed for viewing on the internet and are also recorded for on-line viewing on demand anytime thereafter.
To see live or recorded videos of the Board of County Commissioners meeting including Dr. Locke’s March 16 update, go to www.co.jefferson.wa.us and click on “Videos of Meetings” on the lower left side of the screen. Choose “Streaming Live” or “Recorded.”
KPTZ 91.9FM is both live broadcasting as well as archiving Dr. Locke’s weekly meetings as podcasts. Go to KPTZ’s website to listen in.
Jefferson County Washington Emergency Management works to prepare the county and it’s communities for hazards and disasters that affect the Olympic Peninsula and our area.
What We Do
The primary objectives of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management are:
■ Public Education:
Presentations & printed materials related to emergency preparedness
Warning & alert; response; damage assessment; primary conduit with state and/or federal disaster assistance
■ Field Operations:
Provide support to agency and jurisdictional partners.
The Emergency Operations Center becomes the central coordination point to serve the city and county.
The Department of Emergency Management was established by Jefferson County to plan for, administer, and execute a comprehensive program of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery according to the requirements of the law. We also serve the City of Port Townsend by interlocal agreement.