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October 10, 2022

Annual Flood Awareness Week Kicks Off; Public Preparedness Events Scheduled

Flood Awareness Week has officially kicked off today in Skagit County and will run through October 14. Flooding has been of serious concern to the community of Skagit County since the late 1800s, with the threat of extreme flooding generally occurring in the Skagit Valley between the months of October and March.

Due to this concern, measures have been taken throughout the years to reduce the risk of flood damage in the valley. As a part of these preventative measures, Skagit County Public Works and the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) hold Flood Awareness Week each October to assess and implement ongoing flood preparedness. This week, DEM is offering multiple opportunities for community members to get involved and learn about flood preparedness for themselves and their families.

Two free webinars will be held this week:

Wednesday, October 12
Flooding Preparedness Webinar from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84715767379?pwd=UUI5VkZBQi9MYVNEcmZqYTdPSFczUT09

Phone#: 1 253 215 8782 | Meeting ID: 847 1576 7379 | Passcode: 675768

Thursday, October 13
Weather Spotter Training from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: In person -or- Virtual via Zoom
911 Building, 2911 College Way, Mount Vernon
Zoom Meeting link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85000428853?pwd=WCtMell3ajZUTkp4WXBNSndySnk3dz09
Phone# 1 253 215 8782 | Meeting ID: 835 2054 0453 | Passcode: 685061

“In the aftermath of last year’s flooding events in November, we urge community members to take precaution and be prepared,” said Peter Browning, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “It is crucial to take an active role in your safety and the safety of your loved ones.”

Check out www.skagitcounty.net/flood for these presentations and additional flood awareness week information including the County’s annual Flood Awareness & Safety Brochure.
Skagit County offers a variety of alert tools for residents as well. You can sign up for CodeRed Alerts, follow @SkagitGov on Twitter, or sign up for news releases to receive key emergency information before, during, and after an event.

For more information on flooding in the Skagit visit www.skagitcounty.net/flood or contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at (360) 416-1850.