How will the County warn me of disaster?
Cowlitz County has a variety of ways to warn the public of emergency situations. These include the Emergency Alert System (EAS), NOAA Weather Radio, Emergency Community Notification System (reverse calling), internet and print media. Weather emergencies such as flooding, high winds or winter storms typically have some advance notice allowing citizens time to prepare; therefore, print media and the NOAA Weather Radio would be the most useful forms of warning. EAS and reverse calling would be more suitable ways of notifying the public for immediate emergencies such as earthquakes, explosions or hazardous materials accidents. Local officials will use any and all of the available tools to warn the public and provide protective action recommendations.

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1. What does the Department of Emergency Management do?
2. What kinds of natural and man-made disasters are relevant to Cowlitz County?
3. Does my county have an emergency plan?
4. Does Cowlitz County have pre-identified evacuation routes?
5. How will the County warn me of disaster?
6. What can I do now to be better prepared?